Dominik Mueller

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2018 Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley

Tasting note

Ripe lemon and lemon zest on the nose, also slightly buttery with caramel. The malolactic fermentation was halfway through, then stopped. Vanilla and subtle smoke hint at the barrel maturation. About 50% new French oak barrels. Fresh in the mouth with a pronounced acidity and a lean body. Quite elegant, but not too expressive. On the palate, citrus fruits dominate the flavour, especially lemon and grapefruit. The finish is of medium length. Solid, but nothing special - you pay for the name.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
89Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM89 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 2.5 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
2Wines with a rating of 2 stars are well-made and of average quality relative to their peer group. Perfectly enjoyable and certainly not disappointing.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2018
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Robert Mondavi Winery
Country:USA
Region:California
Subregion:Napa Valley
Appellation:Napa Valley AVA
Vineyard:n/a
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