Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay

Carneros, California

What started as a “just few cases of rosé for mom,” turned into an exciting new venture thanks to the food‐friendly wine style and attractive labels of Isabel Mondavi Wines. A true family affair, the packaging and brand vision is directed by Isabel’s daughter, Dina; winemaking is directed by Isabel’s son, Rob Mondavi Jr.; and Isabel's husband and wine industry veteran, Michael Mondavi, is the brand’s biggest cheerleader and fan.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of freshly cut green apples with accents of caramelizing brown sugar and French vanilla define the aromatics. The mouth feel of the wine is electric with beautiful acidity and a true clarity of the Chardonnay grape. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation to preserve the remarkable freshness of the grape with aging in small French oak barrels to provide, depth, balance and extended character. The wine demonstrates a unique balance of firm acid, authentic fruit and a wonderful texture from the oak.

As with the past few years in the Napa Valley the overall yield was slightly under the 10 year average yet quality continued to be above average. The typical seasonal heat spikes were relatively placid. These heat spikes were immediately followed by slightly cool to cold snaps lasting 2‐3 days. The unusual cool recovery from the heat spikes speculatively helped the Chardonnay preserve the freshness and acidity naturally found within the grape. The growing season and resulting harvest was on average 2‐3 weeks earlier than normal which was well timed as the last half of October yielded a bit of rain which fortunately was a non‐issue for the Napa Valley’s 2016 vintage as the harvest was completed. In short 2016 was yet another great year within a decade already richly appointed with exceptional vintages.

The Chardonnay grapes are carefully harvested at night and brought into the cellar in the early hours at first light. The grapes are gently transferred to the press where the juice is extracted from the golden nearly translucent grapes. At this point the winemaking team evaluates the aromatics and unique sensory style of the vintage and determines which of the confidential yeast selections they will use to coax out the nuanced flavors of the vintage. After the yeast is added to the juice the winemaking team departs from convention in making this wine by performing primary and malolactic fermentation at the same time for nearly half of the blend. The simultaneous fermentations preserve the delicate floral aromatics by reducing oxygen exposure which produces a fresher and cleaner expression of Chardonnay with fresh acidity, adding to the depth and complexity of the wine

What started as a “just few cases of rosé for mom,” turned into an exciting new venture thanks to the food-friendly wine style and attractive labels of Isabel Mondavi Wines. A true family affair, the packaging and brand vision is directed by Isabel’s daughter, Dina; winemaking is directed by Isabel’s son, Rob Mondavi Jr.; and Isabel's husband and wine industry veteran, Michael Mondavi, is the brand’s biggest cheerleader and fan.

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a light golden hue in the glass with delicate aromas of pear, apple, vanilla, and honey. In the mouth, the wine is medium-bodied and nicely balanced, with acidity and a toasty mid-palate in harmony with fresh fruit flavors. The wine finishes gracefully and invites you back for more.

A warm, dry spring in 2013 brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June to early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and throughout ripening.

After our night harvest, we gently whole-cluster pressed our Chardonnay grapes and put the free run juice in French oak barrels to undergo 100% barrel fermentation. Here we always depart from convention in making this wine by performing a simultaneous primary and malolactic ferm-entation. The simultaneous fermentations help preserve the delicate floral aromatics by reducing oxygen exposure, producing a fresher and cleaner expression of Chardonnay. Post fermentation, the wine spends nine months sur-lie aging in barrel with lees stirring once a month for added texture.

100% Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay 6.5 g/l total acidity 3.57 pH 13.9% alc. by vol.

Isabel Mondavi wines are made at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. What started as a “just few cases of rosé for mom,” turned into an exciting new venture thanks to the food friendly wine style and attractive labels. A true family affair, the packaging and brand vision is directed by Isabel’s daughter, Dina, winemaking is directed by Isabel’s son, Rob Mondavi Jr., and Isabel's husband and wine industry veteran, Michael Mondavi, is the brand’s biggest cheerleader and fan.

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a light golden hue in the glass with delicate aromas of pear, apple, vanilla, and honey. In the mouth, the wine is medium bodied and nicely balanced, with acidity and a toasty mid-palate in harmony with fresh fruit flavors. The wine finishes gracefully and invites you back for more.

2012 was a stand out vintage in Carneros Spring was stand-Carneros. mild with bud break, flowering and fruit set all taking place without issue. Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves, and the cool Carneros evenings allowed the fruit to enjoy a long, slow ripening. Our Chardonnay was harvested at night starting on October 4th and finishing on October 6th.

After our night harvest, we gently whole-cluster press our Chardonnay grapes and put the free run juice in French oak barrels to undergo 100% barrel fermentation. Here we depart from convention by performing a simultaneous primary and malolactic fermentation. The simultaneous fermentations help preserve the delicate floral aromatics by reducing oxygen exposure, producing a fresher and cleaner expression of Chardonnay. Post fermentation, the wine spends nine months sur-lie aging in barrel with lees stirring once a month for added texture.

100% Chardonnay 100% Barrel Fermentation Simultaneous Primary & Malolactic Fermentation Alcohol: 13.8% TA 5.98 g/L pH 3.51

Isabel Mondavi wines are made by Isabel’s son, fourth generation winemaker, Rob Mondavi Jr. With Isabel’s favorite varietals and wine styles in mind, Rob crafts elegant wines with a refined, lower alcohol, food-friendly approach.

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a light golden hue in the glass with delicate aromas of pear, apple, vanilla, and honey. In the mouth, the wine is medium bodied and nicely balanced, with acidity and a toasty mid-palate in harmony with fresh fruit flavors. The wine finishes gracefully and invites you back for more.

2011 was another challenging vintage for most of Northern California, including Carneros, located in the southernmost part of Sonoma County. Spring and early summer were wet and cool, delaying budbreak and impeding flowering. These relatively cool temperatures were then followed by cooler than normal heat in throughout summer required close vineyard management to allow proper sunlight, warmth and air circulation around the grapes. Despite the challenges from Mother Nature, however, the excellent quality of our chardonnay grapes was maintained with vigilant vineyard practices and careful sorting at the winery resulting in balanced fruit, with great acidity and rich flavors.

After harvest, we gently whole-cluster press our chardonnay grapes and put the free run juice in French oak barrels to undergo 100% barrel fermentation. Here we depart from convention by performing a simultaneous primary and malolactic fermentation. The simultaneous fermentation helps preserve the delicate floral aromatics of Chardonnay while weaving beautiful fruit and creamy texture into a perfect marriage of richly layered flavors in the finished wine. Post fermentation, the wine spends nine months sur-lie aging in barrel with lees stirring once a month for added texture.

100% Chardonnay 100% Barrel Fermentation Simultaneous Primary & Malolactic Fermentation Alcohol: 13.6% TA 6.22 g/L pH 3.48

Isabel Mondavi wines are made by Isabel’s son, fourth generation winemaker, Rob Mondavi Jr. With Isabel’s favorite varietals and wine styles in mind, Rob crafts elegant wines with a refined, lower alcohol, food-friendly approach.

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a light golden hue in the glass with delicate aromas of pear, apple, vanilla, and honey. In the mouth, the wine is medium bodied and nicely balanced, with acidity and a toasty mid-palate in harmony with fresh fruit flavors. The wine finishes gracefully and invites you back for more.

The Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay is an ideal complement to a variety of dishes thanks to its lively acidity, layered fruit, and impeccable balance. Pair with white meats, baked fish, and cheeses made from cow or goat milk.

2010 was a challenging vintage for most of Northern California, including Carneros, located in the southernmost part of Sonoma County. Spring and early summer were wet and cool, delaying budbreakand impeding flowering. These relatively cool temperatures were then followed by searing heat in August, which resulted in extensive damage in some vineyards. Despite the challenges from Mother Nature, however, the excellent quality of our chardonnay grapes was maintained with vigilant vineyard practices and careful sorting at the winery resulting in balanced fruit, with great acidity and rich flavors.

After harvest, we gently whole-cluster press our chardonnay grapes and put the free run juice in French oak barrels to undergo 100% barrel fermentation. Here we depart from convention by performing a simultaneous primary and malolacticfermentation. The simultaneous fermentation helps preserve the delicate floral aromatics of Chardonnay while weaving beautiful fruit and creamy texture into a perfect marriage of richly layered flavors in the finished wine. Post fermentation, the wine spends nine months sur-lie aging in barrel with lees stirring once a month for added texture.

100% Chardonnay 100% Barrel Fermentation Simultaneous Primary & MalolacticFermentation Sonoma CarnerosAVA 13.9% Alcohol

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2012 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
James Laube, Wine Spectator, 2015

"A sleek, well-focused style, targeting green apple, citrus and light herb notes, ending clean and refreshing. Drink now through 2020."

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2012 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2014

"Lushly textured, this weaves sophisticated flavors of pear and apple around a creamy center. The finish is light in oak and tropical vanilla, a nice complement to the crisp fruitiness."

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2012 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, October 2014

"The attractive 2012 Chardonnay Isabel Mondavi represents a hypothetical blend of a French Burgundy and a fruit-forward offering from California. A notion of roasted almonds/hazelnuts intermixed with orange rind and poached pear is found in this medium-bodied, beautifully concentrated Chardonnay. With good acidity, zesty freshness and a long finish, this elegant, complex, impressive white wine should drink well for 2-4 years."

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2011 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

"Good price for a Chardonnay this sophisticated. It shows ripe tropical and citrus fruit, honey and oak flavors, with delicate acidity. Perfect with crab and buttered sourdough bread. Drink it now, but not too cold."

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2011 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2013

"The 2011 Chardonnay Carneros is beautifully delineated and focused. Lemon oil, flowers, mint and apricot notes meld together in a fresh, vibrant Chardonnay. The restrained style and cool vintage yield a Carneros Chardonnay that is notable for its energy and balance. Hints of almond and floral-infused honey linger on the finish. Drinking window: 2013 - 2019"

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2010 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, October 2012

"This crisp, Chablis-styled, medium-bodied 2010 I M Chardonnay reveals excellent texture, medium body and crisp acids along with notes of apple blossoms, caramelized citrus and brioche. Drink it over the next several years."

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2010 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

"Editor’s Choice.  The winemaker pulled out all the bells and whistles, barrel fermenting this Chardonnay, putting it through partial malolactic fermentation, and aging it on the lees. The result is a rich, creamy wine, ripe in pineapple, orange, pear, vanilla and honeysuckle flavors, and brightened with brisk Carneros acidity.  Shows impeccable balance, at a fair price."

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