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2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir

December 2, 2011 - Norman Bentley

We had broiled salmon the other night and a bottle of the 2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah and 1% Merlot. Most of the grapes were grown in the Central Coast region of California, where the days are sunny and warm, and the nights are cool, with refreshing evening breezes coming in from the Pacific Ocean. The wine was oak aged, and has an alcohol content of 13.5%.

This is a very pleasant Pinot Noir, and a real bargain in the ten dollar price range. Most Pinot Noirs in this category don't even taste like Pinot Noir, but this one is a definite exception. The nose offers the aromas of black cherry and other dark fruits, which lead into a pronounced cherry flavor with a hint of black raspberry jam. The finish is clean with mild oak tones, and a lasting cherry presence at the end.

This wine was excellent with our salmon, and would also be great with prime rib, or chicken cacciatore. Norm's score is 87.

Price: $9 to $12

Score: 87


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