Isabel Mondavi Pinot Noir

Carneros, California

Tasting Notes

An aromatic greeting whereby Rainer and black cherry share the stage with the profiles of fresh spring and wild flowers. The aromatics establish the theme and the flavor profiles of the wine ingratiate a firm yet sweet cherry backbone while a soft woodsy character counter balances the wine’s structure. The classic underlying picante nature of Carneros fruit whispers while flirty soft acidity harness the balances of the finish. The subtleties of the new French oak provide a glimpse of vanilla while the overall sentiments of the glass maintain the balance keeping the oak in check.

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 veraisonand throughout ripening.

The Gallery Vineyard is 7 acres of Pinot Noir, of which 3ac is Swan Clone and 4ac is Dijon Clone. Our Dijon clone vines (86% of blend) were picked on September 28th and our Swan clone vines (14% of blend) were picked on October 3rd as the vines ripen at different rates. The picked fruit was carefully selected on a vibrating sorting table and then de-stemmed and crushed prior to a three day cold soak. Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks with native yeast, the fermented must is gently basket pressed for careful extraction of tannin and color. The wine was aged for 10 months in Boutesand Francois Freres French oak barrels (45% new).

100% Pinot Noir 5.8 g/l total acidity 3.47 pH 14.4% alc. by vol.

Tasting Notes

Elegant aromas of violets, cherries and other red fruit layered with a hint of caramel. Fresh herbal notes give the nose added complexity. On the palate, strawberry and cranberry flavors meld with a subtle expression of crème brulee. The wine is medium-bodied in weight and expresses lively acidity and bright cherry flavors on the finish.

2011 was another challenging vintage for most of Northern California, including Carneros, located in the southernmost part of Napa County. Harvest started later than is typical for Carneros and berries were smaller than in past harvests, resulting in low yields and exquisite concentration. Despite the challenges from Mother Nature, the excellent quality of our Pinot Noir grapes was maintained with vigilant vineyard management and careful sorting at the winery resulting in balanced fruit, with nice acidity and rich flavors.

The Gallery Vineyard is 7 acres of Pinot Noir, of which 3ac is Swan Clone and 4ac is Dijon Clone. Our Dijon clone vines (86% of blend) were picked on September 28th and our Swan clone vines (14% of blend) were picked on October 3rd as the vines ripen at different rates. The picked fruit was carefully selected on a vibrating sorting table and then de-stemmed and crushed prior to a three day cold soak. Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks with native yeast, the fermented must is gently basket pressed for careful extraction of tannin and color. The wine was aged for 10 months in Boutes and Francois Freres French oak barrels (45% new).

100% Pinot Noir Alcohol 14.5% pH 3.70 TA 5.39 g/L

Tasting Notes

Elegant aromas of violets, cherries and other red fruit layered with a hint of caramel. Fresh herbal notes give the nose added complexity. On the palate, strawberry and cranberry flavors meld with a subtle expression of crème brulee. The wine is medium-bodied in weight and expresses lively acidity and bright cherry flavors on the finish.

2010 was a challenging vintage for most of Northern California, including Carneros, located in the southernmost part of Napa County. Spring and early summer were wet and cool, delaying bud-break and impeding flowering. These relatively cool temperatures were then followed by a heat wave in August. Despite the challenges from Mother Nature, the excellent quality of our Pinot Noir grapes was maintained with vigilant vineyard management and careful sorting at the winery resulting in balanced fruit, with nice acidity and rich flavors.

The Gallery Vineyard is 7 acres of Pinot Noir, of which 3ac is Swan Clone and 4ac is Dijon Clone. Our Dijon clone vines were picked on September 17th and our Swan clone vines were picked on October 1st as the vines ripen at different rates. The picked fruit was carefully selected on a vibrating sorting table and then de-stemmed and crushed prior to a three day cold soak. Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks with native yeast, the fermented must is gently basket pressed for careful extraction of tannin and color. The wine was aged for 10 months in Boutes and Francois Freres French oak barrels (45% new).

100% Pinot Noir Alcohol 14.4% pH 3.60 TA 5.51 g/L

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. Our 2009 Pinot Noir is the first vintage from our Carneros estate and we love the complex expression of Pinot Noir that this vineyard produces.

Tasting Notes

Elegant aromas of violets, cherries and other red fruit layered with a hint of caramel. Fresh herbal notes give the nose added complexity. On the palate, strawberry and cranberry flavors meld with a subtle expression of crème brulee. The wine is medium-bodied in weight and expresses lively acidity and bright cherry flavors on the finish.

Our Pinot Noir is an exceptionally versatile wine that pairs well with a range of meals from hearty beef stew to grilled salmon and roasted vegetables. Try this wine with parmesan, asiago or fontina cheeses.

For early ripening varieties, such as Pinot Noir, the 2009 harvest could not have been better. A summer of mild, steady weather, allowed us to pick our Pinot Noir absent of complications from Mother Nature. Our estate Pinot Noir benefits from cooler temperatures in Carneros, where summer fog and cool breezes from San Pablo Bay slowly ripen the fruit to optimum maturity and flavor.

We had two picking dates in early and mid-September, as the Swan and Dijon clones planted on our estate ripen at different rates. Both lots were fermented in stainless steel using native yeasts and then aged for 10 months in Boutes and Francois Freres French oak barrels (45% new). A rigorous barrel selection created a complex blend with uncompromising quality.

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2011 Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, October 2013

"This delicious, seductive 2011 Pinot Noir Isabel Mondavi offers lots of cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit intertwined with earth and spice characteristics. Pure, clean and medium-bodied, this front end-loaded, supple Pinot can be drunk over the next 2-3 years."

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2011 Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir
Luke Sykora, Wine & Spirits, April 2014

"This is a flashy Carneros wine, ripe and floral with some salinity at the edges. The tannins are fine-grained, with the easy grip of cherry skin. It feels well built, the fruit compact, ready for duck ravioli."

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2010 Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2013

"Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and cloves jump out of the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir Isabel Mondavi, which is named for Michael Mondavi's wife. Stylistically, the 2010 Pinot Noir is more flashy and racy than the Chardonnay, but all the elements are in the right place. I would choose to drink the 2010 sooner rather than later, while the fruit remains vibrant, juicy and generous. Sweet floral and spice notes wrap around the finish. Isabel Mondavi is made entirely from estate fruit and fermented in puncheon. Drinking window: 2013 - 2018"

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2010 Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, December 2013

"A lovely Pinot Noir graceful and feminine. It walks a fine line between ripe cherries and pomegranates and drier, earthier notes of Heirloom to- matoes and mushrooms, with oak providing a jacket of sweet toast and acidity giving the perfect counterpoint of tartness. This is a great followup to the winery’s 2009 vintage."

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