Robert Mondavi Private Selection

 Robert Mondavi Private Selection offers Central Coast wines that celebrate the diversity of California’s wine growing regions. Elegant and approachable, their quality wines are ideal for every occasion.

In Robert Mondavi’s Central Coast vineyards, it’s foggy, windy, cool, and damp, with a break of sun, pretty much every day. For grapes, it’s paradise.

The valleys in the Central Coast run from west to east, drawing fog and wind into the vineyards off the Pacific Ocean. The grapes soak up sun in the afternoon and are cooled by evening fog. They mature slowly, developing intense, pure fruit flavors unique to the Central Coast.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

Blends California winemaking with the Southern tradition of Bourbon Whiskey aging.

The wine begins in the coastal vineyards of California to deliver flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Once the wine is ready to age, used Bourbon barrels add nuances of toasty oak, brown sugar and vanilla. 14.5% ABV adds weight and richness to the wine.

See: Deep cherry red

Smell: Toasty vanilla, brown sugar

Taste: Black cherry, blackberry

Pair: Bourbon glazed grilled ribs, charcuterie board

Cabernet Sauvignon

There’s 20 degrees difference between our northern and southern vineyards, though it’s only 40 miles. So, whether grapes like it cool or warm, like our Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, they all grow up delicious.

See: Deep cherry red

Smell: Red berry and spice

Taste: Cherry, blueberry, vanilla

Pair: Grilled steak, pasta

Merlot

Monterey County is the kind of place Merlot grapes love to grow. Not too warm, not too cold, a little bit of rainfall. Makes our coastal Merlot just right.

See: Dark Red

Smell: Cherry and ripe plum

Taste: Raspberry, cherry, mocha

Pair: Roasted chicken, pasta

Pinot Noir

Although its skin is bluish-gray, Pinot Grigio is a white wine grape. And like most whites, it prefers a cool climate like the northern Central Coast.

See: Light ruby red

Smell: Strawberry, roses, vanilla

Taste: Cherry and raspberry

Pair: Pot stickers, lamb burgers

Heritage Red

Heritage Red comes from cool-climate Central Coast grapes and has been blended primarily from Syrah and Merlot, with a touch of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. The wine is fresh and light with a smooth texture.

See: Strawberry red

Smell: Strawberry, vanilla

Taste: Raspberry, strawberry, chocolate

Pair: Black bean soup, pulled pork BBQ, or sweet potato fries

Zinfandel

Zinfandel grapes originally came from Croatia, but they’re right at home in the warmer southern vineyards of the Central Coast.

Aroma: Bright cherry red

Flavor: Strawberry, cherry

Texture: Red plum, berry, vanilla

Pair: Short ribs, burgers

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular wine in the U.S. for a reason. Grown in a chilly place like the northern Central Coast it’s even better. Do your own taste test.

See: Golden yellow

Smell: Lemon and green apple

Taste: Nectarine, peach, vanilla, brown sugar

Pair: Seafood, poutry, pork, white-sauce pastas

Sauvignon Blanc

To make crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, you need a cool ocean climate. Luckily, we’ve got one right here.

See: Yellow-green

Smell: Meyer lemon zest, fresh lime

Taste: Citrus, lemon, melon, herbs

Pair: Crab salad, calamari, prosciutto-wrapped pears, and roasted chicken.

Pinot Grigio

Although its skin is bluish-gray, Pinot Grigio is a white wine grape. And like most whites, it prefers a cool climate like the northern Central Coast.

See: Pale yellow

Smell: Pear and lemon

Taste: Bosc pear and tart lemon

Pair: Crab cakes, California sushi rolls, grilled chicken, pasta primavera, or salads

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