Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir 2008, Central Coast, USA

I have recently music matched The Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay with a CCR tune, the Pinot Noir from the same collection comes across with that country feeling. The Pinot Noir however, moves to a punchier rhythm. Not as sharp as many ‘cult’ Pinot Noirs it covers all the fundamentals some berry, some cherry and some spices blended in with moderate oak.

The blend of fruit is appealing, as each flavour reveals itself one fruit at a time. My match for this wine is hypnotic “Bobcaygeon” by the Tragically Hip. The song is midtempo, melodic, and pretty – without being sugary or cliché.

The wine needs to be commended for achieving results, well beyond the sum of its parts. I suggest that most wine drinkers may find the Mondavi Private Selection too timid to be considered a top shelf Pinot Noir, especially when you consider some of the outstanding Pinots produced along the entire American Pacific coast. If you can manage to cleanse your preconceptions of what a Pinot Noir should be, you might recognize a diamond in the rough with this wine – the price is right and it makes for an more than decent red wine that could be served to a large group with varying tastes.


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