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2012 Robert Mondavi Merlot "Napa Valley"

Winery: Robert Mondavi

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 78% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, & 1% Petit Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $23

Cases produced: 42,043

KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: August 20, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from Robert Mondavi was well received by the tasting panel. It opens with a fragrant a cranberry and raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is black cherry and plum with notes of anise. We also detected hints of mild cedar and minerality. The finish is dry and its flavors and friendly tannins are prolonged. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Merlot with lamb or pork roast. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Everything we love about Merlot is here: its soft, silky palate, deliciously juicy fruits and easy approachability. Our 2012 Napa Valley Merlot takes that goodness and adds wonderfully concentrated cassis, black plum, dried herb, wild violet and dusty cinnamon aromas and flavor with an intriguing savory note on the long, velvety finish.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Robert Mondavi 2012 Merlot.

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