Robert Mondavi is widely considered to be the founding father of Napa Valley’s wine industry. He was the first to believe that Californian wines could measure up to the best in the world. As a result of his vision and innovative flair, his contribution to the industry is evident in wineries today. He invented the ‘varietal’ Fumé Blanc, brought in natural farming, sustainable viticulture, stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. Throughout his long career, he held the philosophy of ‘enriching life through wine’ and has worked tirelessly to promote premium Californian wines, particularly those made from Cabernet Sauvignon, earning him an iconic reputation in the industry. Drawn by the Robert Mondavi philosophy, Geneviève Janssens moved to Napa in 1978; here she worked as an Assistant-Oenologist absorbing the culture before gaining experience in other wineries in California including Opus One. In 1997, she returned to the Robert Mondavi Winery as Director of Winemaking. In 2010, she was awarded Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year Award.
Sourced from a blend of Lodi and Central Coast vineyards, the wine exhibits lovely lifted aromas of dark berry fruit, redcurrant and oak spice. On the palate, the wine shows vibrant red and dark berry fruit flavours, fine tannins and a well-balanced oak finish. Matured in 25% new American oak.
Fruit-driven, a good match for light meat and vegetable based dishes.