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Robert MondaviKat Barlow, Manager at Majestic Wine Greenwich, gives us the background on Robert Mondavi: a name synonymous with Californian Winemaking.

Napa Valley was one of the last regions to be developed in California. Despite this it is now arguably it’s most famous. Napa has undergone massive investment and has attracted pioneering winemakers, such as Robert Mondavi.

Mondavi Winery At SunriseIn 1968 Mondavi introduced the world to Fumé Blanc. It all started 2 years previously with a vineyard, a vineyard planted with a good crop of the particularly unpopular Sauvignon Blanc grape. It was not even Mondavi’s vineyard; it was however his success. Mondavi decided to buy this crop of Sauvignon Blanc from a local grower and have a little play around. The end result was a refined and dry wine reminiscent of the great Loire wines but with a big American twist – oak. It seemed only fitting that he dedicated this new style of wine to the French producers that had influenced its creation and thus the term Fumé Blanc was coined.

Barrels in the Mondavi CellarAlongside Fumé Blanc, Mondavi has created a portfolio of complex and delicious wines. These, based on international grape varieties, have also gained worldwide acclaim. His concentration on Cabernet Sauvignon and continual experimentation in the winery has led to joint ventures with many a respected winemaker, including the creation of Opus One with Baron Phillipe de Rothschild of Bordeaux.

Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2007, Napa Valley
£14.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Todays Fumé Blanc remains true to the wine Mondavi created over 40 years ago. This complex wine combines zesty citrus with white peach and orange blossom. Whilst hints of minerality shine through the palate is dominated by the creamy texture of subtle oak ageing. The balance of the wine is like an art form in itself with a memorable finish and superb length.

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir 2007, Napa Valley
£14.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

The Mondavi Pinot Noir has been created in a style reminiscent of great Burgundian wines. It being aged in toasted Burgundy barrels whilst the yeasts used for fermentation match those used in Burgundy. The end result is a wine rich with cherry and black plum aromas with hints of spice and indication of oak ageing shining through. On the palate the wine develops these lush fruit notes, backed up by fine tannins and finishing with soft spice and an excellent length.

Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2006, Napa Valley
£14.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

The 2006 Chardonnay integrates poached pears with peach, green apple and citrus fruit. The zesty fruit character combines beautifully with the subtle toasty notes and hints of crème brulee culminating in a wine both wonderfully soft in mouthfeel and stunningly complex on the taste buds.

Robert Mondavi Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Napa Valley
£19.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Buy any 2 Mondavi wines Save £10With a concentrated aroma of ripe black fruits, vanilla and soft spice, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is once again a stunner. The wine is by no means one dimensional, displaying chewy tannins, cassis and just a tad of black olive on the palate. This vintage shows great structure and an excellent depth of character which will satisfy the palate immediately and the memory for a whole lot longer!

*All prices valid until 1st February 2010

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