Dominik Mueller

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2020 Robert Mondavi Winery The Estates Chardonnay Carneros

Tasting note

Straw yellow colour, somewhat stronger than the previous Napa Valley Chardonnay. The fruit on the nose is less expressive, far less citrusy. Instead nutty, a little bread, smoky. Spontaneously fermented. Matured on the lees for ten months in 57% new French oak barrels. Soft in the mouth, a flattering body. More elegant and finesse than the first wine. Gentle acidity, creamy, medium body. The flavour is primarily fruity with lemon and mandarin. Slightly longer on the finish. Quite nice, offers more complexity and is a step up from the winery's "basic" Napa Chardonnay.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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91Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM91 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly '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 WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of 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.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2020
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Robert Mondavi Winery
Subregion:Napa Valley
Appellation:Los Carneros AVA
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