Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from USA
Review Date : 26-Jan-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rm. The bouquet is fresh and tightly bound with penetrating aromas of citrus and yellow stonefruits entwined with delicate creamy barrel-ferment elements and nutty oak providing interest and detail. Some steely mineral and lees notes emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate exhibits tightly bound and slender flavours of citrus and stonefruits, melded with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak layers. The mouthfeel is steely with crisp acidity providing plenty of energy and tension, and the wine flows along a fine-textured line with some alcoholic drive. The wine carries to a long, dry, lingering finish with fruit, oak and lees elements. This is a fresh, tightly bound Chardonnay with steely citrus fruit and nutty oak, brisk acidity and some alcoholic drive. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Chardonnay fruit predominantly from the Carneros, Stag’s Leap and Oak Knoll districts, 70% fermented in 12% new French oak, the remainder in tank to 14.5% alc., the barrel portion aged 9 months with batonnage, the wine undergoing partial MLF. 64,188 cases made. 17.5/20 Jan 2017 RRP $24.99

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