Michael Mondavi Family Estate

2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 168


Michael Mondavi Family Estate

Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • From our Heritage Block Vineyard located near the Howell Mountain nested appellation
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc originating from one of the best-known root stocks of Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vines are head-trained as they would have been in the 19th century
  • Aging for seven months in 15% new and 85% neutral French oak

Our heirloom planting of historic and head-trained Sauvignon Blanc vines serves as the foundation and soul of a singular Sauvignon Blanc wine made by winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr. The Heritage Block Vineyard, near the Howell Mountain nested appellation, is a special place for the Michael Mondavi family, steeped in history. The vines, meticulously planted by Michael and his family in 2004, are attributed to rootstock with origins stemming from the esteemed Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux, whose cuttings first made their way to California in the 1880s with famed vintner Charles A. Wetmore. This fruit’s legacy blossoms into a stunning expression today with aromas of freshly cut nectarine, Kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. The palate offers firm stone fruits of white peach and apricot alongside crisp mango. Subtle elements of French oak add a viscosity with hints of hazelnut to balance the fresh, razor-edge acidity.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Rob Mondavi, Jr.

Winemaker, Michael Mondavi Family Estate

Winemaker, Rob Mondavi, Jr.

As a winemaker, I first consider myself as a wine drinker, asking what do I want to drink and what do my friends want to drink, and then I select the vineyards, fruit maturity and all winemaking decisions based on the desire to create mesmerizing wines for myself, friends and family.

Country born: United States

Education: A non-classic winemaking background at Santa Clara University, miscellaneous chemistry and winemaking courses, but best of all a lifetime of experience in the cellar and vineyards.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My philosophy encompasses the amazing roots my family has planted, yet roots are not enough. Finding new ways to create cutting-edge wines is key and it is important to go beyond the style of wines that my forefathers created. If not, I would be disappointed in myself for not stretching the limits, as I would not have embraced the heritage to excel that was provided by my family.

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310 Lorton Avenue
Burlingame  CA  94010


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Michael Mondavi Family Estate 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 24
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