1995 Mondavi “Reserve” Pinot Noir

($26): Napa is not a great place for Pinot Noir. Cab yes, Pinot no. That said, Mondavis’ “Reserve” is at the top of the Napa Valley Pinot heap. Cherries and berries on the nose with some spice and a hint of tea. The fruit is there on the palate but in a more austere style than I like in a Pinot. Another year or so may improve it but for now, it gets the nod for being a drinkable Pinot that has not yet rocketed into the stratosphere pricewise.

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