Robert Mondavi Winery 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States
ON $44.95 (672741)
Fruit from the Hyde and Madonna ranches in Carneros are used for this rich and powerful expression of Chardonnay, with plenty of ripe, baked fruit, crème brulee and sweet oak spice notes through and through. Lots of new oak (67 percent according to the product sheet) and lees stirring add to the concentration, creaminess and character. The excitement here, however, comes from the juicy acidity that balances that mouthfilling richness and gives second and third glass appeal to this enjoyable and splurge-worthy wine. This is unabashedly Napa Valley in breeding and composition, which means haters gonna hate, hate, hate, but fans of serious and flavourful Chardonnays are sure to welcome this new listing at the LCBO. Available June 24. 1,627 cases.