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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

The “Chosen White” for our 4th of July celebration will be Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay vintage year 2006.  Crafted from grapes grown in California’s cooler climate of the central coast, this wine reveals delightful fragrances of citrus, apple and melon.  Properly chilled between 60 – 68 degrees, I found this white to be very light, somewhat dry, crisp and refreshing on  the palate right to the finish.  Earlier vintage years of this same wine exuded more buttery and full bodied elements.  While they too were quite excellent, I was looking more for a white that would quench ones thirst like a ice cold beer on a hot day.  For my taste, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay fit the bill.  Reasonably priced at $8 per bottle, this fine wine is widely available at most well stocked retail establishments.

Drink responsibly and Happy Birthday America!!!!

Sir Vino

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Hecula Monastrell 2005

From the Yecla region of Spain, winemaker Bodegas Castano repeat their 2004 success with another quality value offering of Hecula Monastrell vintage year 2005.  A really nice wine priced around $10 that many will judge to be $30.  Deep plum in color with somewhat of a heavy body but not overly dry.  Abundant frangrance of dark fruits with hints of floral and spice.  This wine is a definite candidate for decanting as some of the initial roughness seems to disipate with air.  Day two and three will reward you with a smoother finish and a greater appreciation for this wines complexities.  Be aware of the high alcohol content (14.5%).  Currently stocked at Costco.

Enjoy!

Sir Vino

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  • About Sir Vino

  • Dennis Ridgeway is a lifelong wine enthusiast and a (soon-to-be) Certified Wine Specialist. His expert knowledge of wine and entertaining is the perfect complement to any wine tasting event.