This most charming winery is tucked away off Dealy Road and is a gem on the border of Napa/Sonoma (not to be confused with the conglomerate/corporate BIG Mondavi winery off highway 29 further up Napa) Michael has taken a small piece of land and built a beautiful winery with both a front and back porch - the latter placing you right in the vineyard! ALL of his wines show me that he has grown up learning the best of his families winemaking business. His wines are crisp and wonderful in every respect...I don't think the guy would HOW to make a 'bad' wine!!! (lol!) Patti was tending the wine bar the day I was there and is a wonderful representation of his efforts. She was very informative; very friendly and a sheer delight to have a conversation with. As I said, walking out that back patio is utterly breathtaking and should not be missed. HE HAS IT ALL WITHOUT THE OVERDONE COMMERICALISM OF MANY WINERIES THESE DAYS. I travel from SD on up to Mendocino regularly exploring different wineries, and I can honestly state this is one I am so very glad I didn't miss, that is actually very close to home. Michael Mondavi has done a fine, fine job of keeping the spirit of his family name alive by producing some of the best wines I have ever tasted here in California...You GO Michael!!! I'll be back again, I sooooooooooooo promise!
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