Summer drinking usually means keeping it light and simple, and these two wines from Mondavi, both from the 2018 vintage, definitely fit the bill — and at a reasonable price.
2018 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Napa Valley – The wine that put Mondavi on the map is as tart as ever, an acidic, grapefruit-heavy wine with green apple and lemon peel backing it up. Put aside your thoughts of tropical fruit. Put aside your thoughts of grassy fields and slate-driven minerals. This is a sour, citrus monster from start to finish — and I’m going to need a picnic of some kind to really perk up to this. B / $23
2018 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Napa Valley – Melon, guava, and lemon curd meld nicely on this moderated chardonnay, which segues from there into a creamy vanilla note that infuses mashed pears. It’s a simple wine, the lemon peel lingering the lengthiest on the back end, alongside a light note of pineapple and a hint of nutmeg — but it comes across as decidedly clean and easygoing. Summer in a glass, for sure. B+ / $24