Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2008, Napa Valley
Aromas of white licorice and creme brulee are joined by nicely layered candied ginger and orange oil. With air, hints of oak come out, though by this stage, it’s fairly well integrated. On the palate, flavors of caramel, creme brulee, and warm pear are brightened up with zippy acidity and hints of kumquat, lime oil, and mineral. Toasty, medium-length finish. Drink now.
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley
Melted graphite and licorice mingle on the complex, very appealing nose with sun-warmed black cherries and kirsch-filled dark chocolates, all contextualized with cafe mocha with raspberry syrup. These lead to flavors of ripe currants and cherries that are balanced out by a savory quality, an edge of salinity, to the sandalwood, cedar, oolong tea, and maduro tobacco leaf. The finish shows an unexpectedly fine seam of minerality running down the middle, slicing through the evocative cherry, subtle red licorice, and eucalyptus notes of the finish. Drink 2014 - 2024.