Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir 1996

Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California

$24.49
Item No. 428
  • red wine
  • WE88
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • RP90

Winemaker's Notes

Wild yeast and malo-lactic fermentations created rich layers of complexity in our 1996 Napa Valley Pinot Noir. The vintage's small crop resulted in wines with intense flavors and opulent texture. Delicious bramble berry and ripe, red plum flavors intermingle with spicy nuances of clove and cardamom. To weave spicy oak complexity with hints of vanilla and roasted coffee into the Pinot Noir fruit character, we aged the wine in small French oak barrels (23% new oak) for 9 1/2 months. Gentle handling during barrel aging was instrumental in achieving natural clarity; the wine was bottled unfiltered.

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For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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