Robert Mondavi Winery
When Robert Mondavi came to Napa Valley, he aspired to take California wines to new levels by applying his pioneering vision to classic winemaking customs. Inspired by his passion for challenging expectations and pushing boundaries, the Robert Mondavi selections are built on time-honoured traditions to enhance your favourite varietals with new layers of flavour.
The Robert Mondavi Private Selection offers something substantive and real – 26 years of Capturing Mondavi’s legendary winemaking expertise and trailblazing legacy in California wines that are crafted for exceptional flavour and everyday enjoyment. By balancing longstanding traditions with a forward-looking approach, wines are explored to bring out the most flavourful experiences. For those seeking depth and substance, who don’t just drink wine, but savour it, make the most of every sip by joining the team in their relentless pursuit of better.
Glen Caughell, head wine maker
Glen began his Agricultural Business studies to become a brewmaster, but everything changed when he took a harvest internship at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyard. He was amazed at the passion, pride, artistry and almost endless potential for creativity that go into the winemaking process in the vineyards and winery. After graduating, he went back to brewing beer, until a chance encounter with the head winemaker of Wild Horse brought him back into the fold. Glen worked his way up around the entire vineyard and cellar to the lab, until 2018, when he accepted the position as the Bordeaux Winemaker for Robert Mondavi Private Selection.
In order for a wine to qualify as a varietal in the United States, it must be produced from 75% of that varietal. When crafting Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, vintners often blend in other grape varieties to achieve their desired style. At Robert Mondavi, their 100%s are exceptions. Their 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is made only with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and their 100% Chardonnay is made only with Chardonnay grapes – both picked at the peak of ripeness from California vineyards for a pure and full expression of these classic varietals.
The unique bourbon barrel-aging Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Rum barrel-aged Merlot and Rye barrel-aged Red Blend bring together meticulous winemaking with the time-honoured tradition of aging fine spirits in oak casks. After the winemaker crafts the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Red Blend, select lots are chosen to be aged in bourbon, rum or rye barrels, lending character and complexity of flavour and creating special wines to be savoured slowly.