November 14, 2011

Napa Valley Film Fest Highlights Part I: Robert Mondavi Wines

You may recall from my last post about the numerous tastings I was invited to join in conjunction with the Napa Valley Film Festival last weekend. The invitations came via the good folks at Tastelive and CellarPass, the two entities that organized the blogger tasting along with Alan Kropf of Mutineer Magazine.
The Opening Night Gala was held at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. Mondavi was kind enough to provide two of their flagship wines to the bloggers that participated in the tasting. The 2009 Fume Blanc Reserve and the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve were provided as samples for the tasting. The Fume Blanc was a very tasty Sauvignon Blanc that echoed Loire Valley with its crisp acidity. The Cabernet Reserve, long seen as the epitome of California Cabernet, was equally impressive, yet so young (2008).
The live tasting including a video stream in which Mutineer's Alan Kropf and Carl Jaeger, the Estate Director at Robert Mondavi Winery, took questions from bloggers while discussing the wines. It was an informative event as the Mondavi empire has for many years been the face of California wine; Robert Mondavi almost single-handedly creating and defining the California wine industry in the 20th century.

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