Aromatics of freshly muddled boysenberries, toasted vanilla and cardamom grace the
opening volley.


The welcoming notes of this wine offer an integrated structure of
approachable and full tannins with interlocked fruits that define the beauty of this vintage.
The 2013 M by Michael Mondavi wine has a complete mouthfeel, which is complimented
by elegant aromatics and superbly lengthy finish.

Growing Conditions

Resting high atop Napa Valley’s
exclusive Atlas Peak are the 15 acres of rocky, volcanic soil at an elevation of 1,350 feet, this vineyard
exudes power and structure using cutting edge vineyard techniques that focus on the phenolic and
flavorful cycles of the vine. Rob and Danny harness an organic natural approach to the vineyard that
exemplifies the beauty and unique attributes of this site. Rob’s goal with the vineyard and winemaking
has been to find the key to unlock the power, beauty and fruit of this volcanic Mountain vineyard. The
2013 vintage demonstrates that this quest has been met; however Rob promises more with the
vintages to follow.

A long and warm growing season provided dark fruits while the sustained heat further
softened the classically bold tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. The warm season was balanced
by the night time fog of the Napa Valley calming the ripening giving this wine a unique
equilibrium between tannin and dark fruit with a full, rich background. The natural farming
practices coupled with the new vinicultural techniques where the vines are thinned and
tipped at specific times to accentuate higher and earlier phenolic development created yet
another exceptional vintage for our family vineyard.


The fruit’s rich flavors, fine tannins and balanced acidity enabled Rob Mondavi Jr. to craft
Cabernet Sauvignon with unmatched richness, elegance and harmony. After the grapes
were hand-harvested and clusters selected, they were de-stemmed and crushed into small
800 gallons wood tanks for fermentation.


The wine was aged in French oak barrels (68%
new) for 20 months before being blended with 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The final
blend shows harmony and flushness accenting notes of blackcurrant, boysenberries and
subtle licorice notes. The texture and concentration are distinctly mountain Cabernet
Sauvignon yet the balanced tannins and rich fruit demonstrate a deeper relationship with
the vineyard that has unlocked flavors and depth beyond expectation.