2010 Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.robertmondaviwinery.com

While Mondavi is known around the world for its high-end cabs, it also produces much more affordable “daily wines” like this 2010 Chardonnay. It’s a “California-style” Chardonnay that isn’t over-oaked and one I’m sure many people will enjoy. Here’s the rub:

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Grape Sourcing: 41% Napa Valley, 39%S Carneros Valley, 12% Sonoma County Vineyards
  • Varietal Composition: 97% Chardonnay 3% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Total Acid: 6.7 g/L
  • Final pH: 3.4
  • Residual Sugar: 0.57 g/L
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Price: $20

Nose: Classic “California Chardonnay” on the nose here with hints of vanilla, oak, honeydew, honeysuckle, pear and hazelnut.

Taste: Good flavors of créme brulee, fig, vanilla, melon, mango, grapefruit and vanilla. This is quite the tasty Chardonnay that does cater to the oak lovers without “oak overkill” – the ML helps the overall mouthfeel and makes a good “California-style” Chardonnay for most new-world lovers of this grape.

 

W.E.P. Rating: 90%