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“upscale and scenic location”

Robert Mondavi Winery
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Private Napa Valley Customized Wine Tour
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Oakville
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Owner description: A recommended winery in Napa Valley that offers educational tours and music concerts at select times.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

The grounds of this location were impeccable kept and it gave an air of sophisication. The staff were helpful and polite. The wines were very good but tended to taste upscale which my wife and I have yet to totally acquire. It is good to know that I can find these wines at locations in my home area.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stopped at three wineries, and the Robert Mondavi was by far our favorite. Although the tasting room was small and became a bit hectic on that Sunday afternoon, the staff was friendly and provided generous pours. The fee for each tasting of your choice of four wines was $20. We enjoyed wine and cheese (stop at Oakville Grocery if coming in from the south) in the courtyard area. We continued on to Peju and V. Sattui, both of which were also very nice. Robert Mondavi was our first winery stop in Napa and set the tone for the rest of our afternoon.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

I haven't visited the Napa area since 1998 and one vineyard I was really looking forward to going back to was Robery Mondavi.

We tasted their reserves for a HEFTY $30 fee. (we shared 1 tasting)

It was a generous pour of 4 reserves. The woman pouring wasn't very informative, she pretty much poured the glasses and told us we could take them out to one of the tables to drink.

That was odd...isn't her "job" to educate us on their wine? Isn't her "job" to get us to purchase some wine?


Anyway...back to the wine. All 4 wines were horrid. I mean I wanted to spit them out, horrid.

We tasted 1 Pinot Noir and 3 cabs because we're red drinkers. I was so shocked and disappoionted in the quality, acidic aftertones and strong tanin taste. And these were the reserves...I'd hate to taste the cheap stuff.

Needless to say we left without purchasing any and from what we have learned from other vineyards in the area Mondavi was sold out to a large corporation. That explains a lot.

*note on Napa in general.....
We found the vineyards in the Sonoma/Santa Rosa area to be MUCH less expensive for their tastings. For example we tasted Kendall Jackson's reserves for $5...was supposed to be $15 but they let us taste their reserves for the lessor price. They also deducted the charge if you purchased a bottle.
Pasa Robles vineyards were also VERY inexpensive for tastings...J Lohr was FREE.

Napa has become very commercial...we enjoyed our time in Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Pasa Robles much more than we did Napa.

Tip* Drive out to Paradise Ridge Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on their picturesque balcony...order a glass of their wine to go with it.

1  Thank dkelly27
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The site is gourgeous - but we felt the cost for a tasting was high for a mondavi wine - which we could get in any wine store. However, they did tell us that the wines they served weren't available in stores. Be that as it may, we decided to move one. But we did get some great pictures.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Robert Mondavi Winery offers many "experiences" to it's visitors, and I have to say that this was the best yet. We had the opportunity to taste great wine (what else would one expect at Mondavi?), tour the vineyards, the gardens and the winemaking facility, as well. As this was a hands-on "experience," we picked our own veggies and herbs from their kitchen garden, and then we helped Chef Suzanne in the Mondavi Kitchen while she whipped up our dinner! After hors d'ourves and more wonderful wine, we sat down to dinner with out host Pete and the other lucky visitors. This was a wonderful way to spend four hours, with interesting new people, great wines, and a wonderful dinner. Can't wait to go back! If you get to Napa, don't miss the Robert Mondavi Winery, especially this tour.

1  Thank KatBklyn
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