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2006 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir "Private Reserve"

Pinot Noir

Winery: Robert Mondavi

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Private Reserve"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 76% Pinot Noir, 16% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 2% Petite Sirah, & 2% Merlot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: California

State or country: CA

Price: $11

Cases produced: 145,000

KWG Score: 88 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: August 2, 2007

Wine Review: Another good value everyday Pinot Noir made it onto the recommended list at our recent blind tasting. This ruby wine opens with a bit of spicy black pepper on the nose. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is round, juicy, zesty, and has light raspberry flavors. It is not overly complex, but pleasant. This wine would be a satisfying glass pour option for restaurants that focus on juicy burgers or Mexican food. The finish is dry, slightly acidic, and finishes quickly. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Our 2006 Pinot Noir was produced primarily from grapes grown along California’s marine-influenced Central Coast. Reflecting the character of the cool, elongated 2006 vintage, which fostered the development of classic varietal aromas and flavors in our Pinot Noir grapes, this vivacious red wine’s hallmark is fresh, vibrant fruit. In the nose, lovely raspberry and dried cherry aromas mingle with complementary scents of white and black pepper, mint and chicory. On the medium-bodied palate, the wine’s supple, silky, berry and cherry jam flavors display a zesty black pepper spiciness in the bright, crisp finish. Enjoy this pert, pretty Pinot Noir with grilled salmon, herb-roasted chicken, baked ham, and lighter pork and duck dishes.

Organic status: not organic

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