Thursday, October 20, 2011

Michael Mondavi Family Estate

The Bounty Hunter crew recently had the pleasure of visiting the Michael Mondavi Family Estate in Carneros. A beautiful piece of property tucked back off Highway 12 on Dealy Lane, it was recently voted “Best Tasting Room in Napa Valley” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The tasting gallery contains many beautiful tributes to their family’s four generations of involvement in wine making. Walking out to the back patio with glass in hand, all just seems right with the world as you stroll into the middle of the vineyards. It’s the perfect stop on your way into Napa coming from San Francisco.

When the Robert Mondavi Winery went public in 1994, Michael stayed on and served as President, CEO and Chairman until he left in 2004 and started the Folio Fine Wine Partners. His goal has been to bring exceptional and distinctive wines to the American consumers while remaining committed to working with family owned vineyards abroad. Over the years they have grown the portfolio, nurtured by their love for wine and today are both importers and producers of quality wines.

There are twenty wines open every day for you to sample, with a range of varietals and price points. For you Cabernet lovers check out Emblem, with the label design based off the family crest. There are two single vineyard cabernet sauvignons, one from Rutherford and the other from Howell Mountain. Since this is a family affair, don’t be surprised if Michael’s son and the Estate’s Winemaker, Rob, rolls into the tasting room while you’re there. He recommended we try the ’07 Spellbound Reserve Petite Sirah. Good suggestion Rob!

Bring a picnic lunch, buy a bottle and enjoy this amazing treasure.


--Summer Olson
Event & PR Manager

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