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November 13, 2014

This week's cold snap gives us a great excuse to drink one of the great white-wine styles for winter: chardonnay with a glorious caress of oak. Although this most noble of white grapes has been abused by heavy-handed wood treatment much too often, it deserves another look. White burgundy and magnificent new-world chardy-like this Mondavi Napa edition-set the standard.


Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

 

 

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

$29.99

U.S.A +258186

An icon among wine icons, the late Robert Mondavi not only resurrected California's wine industry in the 1960s; he helped to put oaked chardonnay on the map. Top fruit from both Napa's valley floor and Carneros (the Napa side of Los Carneros AVA) is popped into fine French oak casks for fermentation and "sur lie" aging, with a small amount fermented in stainless-steel tanks to keep a streak of vibrant, bright fruit that counters the creamy, rich taste and texture. Lemon curd, crème brulée, and baked apple flavours are outlined with juicy acidity, elongating the sleek finish. This wine's power, finesse, and impeccably integrated oak pair well with roasted-sunchoke risotto, pancetta-wrapped pork roast, or baked sablefish.

 

 

 

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