Robert Mondavi Maestro 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Our limited release Maestro celebrates prized fruit from each, unique vintage, tantalizing the palate with sweet baking spices of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg wrapped around a core of fresh, wild blackberries, dark plum and cassis compote fruit in this plush, concentrated powerhouse from the 2015 harvest.
65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 16 % Merlot, 9 % Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 4 % Petit Verdot
While Maestro is inspired by Bordeaux blends, at heart, it’s a free spirit. Rather than a set style, we take our cues from each vintage from the vineyards themselves. Cabernet Sauvignon is prized from both our Wappo Hill and To Kalon vineyards, which led to the inspiration behind this blend. Maestro is designed to capture the refined balance between these two estate vineyards. Part of the Stags Leap growing region, Wappo Hill is a special site offering delicious consistency, and bringing freshness and softness to the wine. Fruit from Oakville’s long-revered To Kalon vineyard, considered Napa Valley’s grand cru, adds structure and bold tannins to the final wine.
This offers up a ripe and forward mix of plum sauce, crushed blackberry and steeped black cherry flavors along with dried anise and singed apple wood notes. A briary hint scores the finish, which isn't shy on grip. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2021 through 2031. 10,945 cases made. — JM