Robert Mondavi Winery

Monastery Block, To Kalon Vineyard
2014 Red Wine
Oakville

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 13
Vintage

2014

Robert Mondavi Winery

Monastery Block, To Kalon Vineyard

Red Wine
Oakville

20 cases produced

Highlights

  • Sourced exclusively from the Monastery Block within To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville
  • Monastery Block, one of our finest blocks, is nestled against the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains range
  • Variety composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
  • Aged in new French oak for 24 months

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 240 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. Fruit for your Premiere Napa Valley wine comes from Robert Mondavi Winery’s historic and world-renowned vineyard, To Kalon. This fruit shines through in classic red wine varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot— sourced wholly from the Monastery Block. Cabernet Sauvignon forms the backbone with classically refined tannins and aromas of blackberry, plum and cassis. Merlot adds elegance and plushness, a hint of Cabernet Franc heightens the aromatic intensity and Petit Verdot contributes black pepper and spiciness. To add complexity and notes of baking spices, this Monastery Block blend was aged for 24 months in new French oak.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Genevieve Janssens

Winemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery

Winemaker, Genevieve Janssens

I believe in the words of Mr. Mondavi: "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life."

After receiving her National Diploma of Enology 1974, Genevieve returned to her family's vineyards in Corsica and France, which she managed from 1974 to 1977. Concurrently, she also owned and operated her own enology laboratory in Provence and served as consulting enologist to many French chateaux in the mid-seventies.

Drawn to the Robert Mondavi Winery's philosophy in winemaking and winegrowing, Genevieve moved to the Napa Valley in 1978. From 1978 - 1979, she fully absorbed this philosophy, working at the Robert Mondavi Winery as a lab enologist and an assistant enologist. Deeply interested in the winemaking revolution taking hold in the state, Genevieve continued exploring California for the next decade, holding several consulting positions.

Genevieve became director of production at Opus One Winery in 1989. Then, in 1997, she came full circle as the director of winemaking at the Robert Mondavi Winery. In 2000, she helped implement the To Kalon Project, the winery's first major renovation since it was founded in 1966.

For Genevieve, carrying on the legacy of her beloved mentor, the late Robert Mondavi, is both a joy and an honor. "With our To Kalon Cellar finished and the new vineyard projects underway, this is an exciting time for the winery, and for me," she says. "I am proud to be the torchbearer of Mr. Mondavi's vision."

Country born: Morroco

Education: Genevieve's formal wine education began under the tutelage of the three legendary fathers of modern enology: Jean Ribereau-Gayon; his son, Pascal Ribereau-Gayon; and Emile Peynaud, with whom she studied at the University of Bordeaux, France.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
Honored by the French governement as an Officer of the Ordre National du Merite Agricole (2009)
Named winemaker of the year for 2010 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Winemaking Philosophy:
It starts with the earth, the legacy of what we have received from our ancestors and what we are going to leave for the future generation. We must work to maintain the land, to grow so that we all live in symbiosis: the earth, the vines, the people - care creates quality.

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