The 2014 vintage marked the third year of the California drought. Warm and dry conditions resulted in the earliest harvest start date, August 1, in theÂ history of Talley Vineyards. At 9 inches, total rainfall was less than 50% of the average for Coastal San Luis Obispo County. Ideal growing conditions during bloom time in the spring afforded excellent fruit set with very little mildew or botrytis pressure during the remainder of the season. The wines produced in 2014 share many of the characteristics that made the 2012 and 2013 vintages so appealing: Â charm, elegance and balance.
2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Robert Mondavi Winery
Brand: Robert Mondavi Winery
The 2012 growing season presented a classic example of the weather pattern that has made Napa Valley famous. Month after month of warm days, cool nights and no ill-timed rain allowed the crop to come to optimal maturity slowly and evenly, culminating in made to order harvest conditions. It was remarkably smooth sailing as we harvested the first few blocks of Pinot Noir on September 7th. We marveled at the beautiful weather and the exceptional quality of the fruit as the nearly-textbook harvest conditions continued. The final blocks came in on October 3rd. The wine exemplifies the excellence of the vintage: beautifully fragrant and flavorful, with impeccable balance.