CK Mondavi Merlot
Medium-bodied with a hint of oak and flavors of cherries and plums. It is rich in the mouth and ends in a soft fruit filled finish. Enjoy this wine with barbequed chicken and ribs or Caesar salad topped with grilled chicken. Great with fondue as well.
$15.00 / Bottle $180.00 / Case
Cesare Mondavi and his wife immigrated from Italy in 1906. Together, they opened a wholesale grocery business in Minnesota, sourcing California premium grapes for shipment to others who also made wine for their families to enjoy.
Cesare and Rosa's passion for wine, and setting higher standards for quality, rubbed off on their son Peter, who eagerly took to improving wine making techniques. He graduated from Stanford University in 1937, then studied enology at the University of California, Berkeley, under the tutelage of Dr. Cruess, a highly-respected wine making educator.
In 1943, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi purchased the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, where they began crafting CK Mondavi wines using premium grapes from vineyards located throughout California.
The family began an extensive program to develop quality vineyards and to enhance winemaking techniques. Under Peter's stewardship, the winery set milestones for innovations - including cold fermentation for white wines, and sterile filtration techniques - that produced crisper, livelier wines. In light of his contributions, Peter was named a "Living Legend" by the Napa Valley Vintners Association in 1995.
Peter is still president of CK Mondavi Vineyards. His sons, Marc and Peter, Jr., are responsible for implementing the vision and values of their grandparents, with an eye toward eventually handing over the cellar keys to the fourth generation.
This wine is 81% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Ruby Cabernet, and 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon.