Michael Mondavi Family Estate produces a varied selection of wines; at the time of our last tasting the winery is producing the following five labels, Hangtime, I’M, Medusa, Oberon and Spellbound. The winery was founded by Michael Mondavi – the eldest son of the famed Robert Mondavi. Michael’s son Rob Mondavi is also very much involved in their family business and serves as President of the company.
After a number of years of maintaining a physical winery which housed their own production as well as served as a custom crush facility for a number of other wineries – they sold the physical winery and surrounding 13 acres of vineyards in in Carneros to Kieu Hoang, Vietnamese born business man (US citizen). The sale in no way involved the current Michael Mondavi wine labels or any wine.
Michael Mondavi owns several vineyards in the Napa Valley including the hillside Oso Vineyard in Pope Valley (a small valley within Napa County just east of the Napa Valley itself). Most of their wines are made from California grown grapes. The prices for their wines are extremely reasonable by Napa standards with most bottles priced between $20 and $40.
They have one of the better selection of lighter wines that we have seen at any Napa winery. These include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc (we tried their 2006 vintage – lots of pear and melon flavors in this one), Chardonnay, Rose and several Pinot Noirs.
We enjoyed their 2004 Medusa Creekside Vineyard Zinfandel. They actually pour their Zinfandels last as these are among their “biggest” wines. We finished up with an elegant Non Vintage Medusa Zinfandel Port. It is a lighter style Zinfandel Port that strikes a good balance between sweetness and fruit. Michael Mondavi also imports boutique wines from around the world.
Also note that Michael Mondavi has an olive oil bar with samples produced by a local olive oil expert. The first Friday of the month features works of art by mostly local artists – the artist is always on site.
Several websites you should be familiar with are www.foliowine.com (parent website), www.michaelmondavifamilyestate.com (winery tasting website), and www.noblemerchants.com (online merchant – selling their wines exclusively). Click on the winery photos link above for pictures of both the winery in Carneros and their old Enoteca in Oxbow in Napa.
Note: because of the sale and the transition period the Mondavi’s will be moving to a new winery location in the Napa Valley and opening a tasting room at some point. We will update this review once we have further details of this.