Dominik Mueller

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2019 Robert Mondavi Winery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Tasting note

Pale lemon yellow. Very fruity: passion fruit, passion fruit, and yes, passion fruit. Very tropical overall, with a hint of peach. Hardly any green notes in this Sauvignon Blanc. A slender body in the mouth, high acidity with medium flavour intensity. Passion fruit, lemon, pineapple. It all remains refreshing and fruity. Not at all multidimensional, but that was certainly not the aim. For lovers of fresh and fruity white wines. Very nice for the summer. For early consumption.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
87Wines 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 DM87 rating tend to be at the lower spectrum of a 2.0 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are '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 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 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: 2019
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety:Sauvignon Blanc
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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