WEDNESDAY NIGHT TASTE, JUNE 19, 2013

Robert Mondavi

 

Come celebrate the life of Robert Mondavi. Born June 18, 2013, Robert Mondavi celebrated the first harvest in 1966 at his Napa Valley Estate. One of the first goals Robert Mondavi set for himself was recreating Sauvignon Blanc, which was, at the time a sweet, un-nuanced wine. He sought inspiration in Loire Valley Pouilly Fumé, enlivening it with a uniquely California profile. He named the delightfully rich and refined yet bright, fresh wine he created Fumé Blanc. It’s Sauvignon Blanc, plus so much more.

Released in 1968, Fumé Blanc remains Mr. Mondavi’s signature and one of  Robert Mondavi Winery’s most popular wines. The first vintage (1966) of Robert Mondavi Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon is released. A shot heard throughout the Valley, it would inspire the waves of pioneers to follow.

In time, the path Robert Mondavi cleared would lead to the creation of some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots and Sauvignon Blancs in the world. Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi meet for the first time in Hawaii. The Baron suggests the idea of a joint venture, which later becomes Opus One. In 1978, the Baron Philippe de Rothschild invited Robert Mondavi to Bordeaux and within an hour they had outlined the framework for a joint venture.

In 1979, Tim Mondavi and Lucien Sionneau create the first vintage of the joint venture wine, and in 1980the formal partnership is announced as Opus One. For more information and the history of Mondavi through out the years please check the website www.robertmondaviwinery.com/About-Us/Milestones. For now, let us enjoy the following five wines from the Mondavi portfolio:

2011 Robert Mondavi Winery, Fume Blanc, NAPA Valley

2010 Robert Mondavi Winery, Chardonnay, NAPA Valley

2010 RM Private Selection Meritage, Central Coast

2009 Robert Mondavi Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, NAPA Valley

2009 Robert Mondavi Winery, Merlot, NAPA Valley

We are tasting these fives wines on Wednesday, June 19th beginning at 5:30pm. Try all five wines from only $10.