Robert Mondavi 2012 Napa Merlot
Robert Mondavi Winery, located in Oakville, CA, makes a number of outstanding and consistent quality wines and established his winery in 1966 with a vision to have his Napa Valley wines to be among the world’s finest. Robert Mondavi also believed his wines should reflect its “roots” and be a signature creation from a combination of the soil, climate and production techniques, both new and old, which transforms the grapes into a fine wine.
Opening a bottle of 2012 Napa Merlot, I noticed a dark red color, almost purple with blue and black fruit aromas. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot, aged in French oak for 16 months. The taste reveals complex blackberry and plum flavors with sweet spice, a touch jammy. The wine was well balanced with good acidity and soft developed tannins. This full-bodied wine finishes with an almost velvety ending. Delightful! Robert Mondavi wines are a bargain, this Merlot is one of many examples.