This pinot noir from the Carneros region is a step up from Mondavi’s more typical Napa Valley bottling, but only barely. The straightforward wine features a bright note of raspberry and some spice, with a more classic cherry note building toward the finish. A touch of clove and cinnamon inform the finish, which is gently bittersweet — and certainly ready to drink today. It’s a solid bottling at this price, provided you’re not expecting the world.
B+ / $25 / robertmondaviwinery.com