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Tom Markakis
September 8, 2022 | Tom Markakis

2018 M

The M by Michael Mondavi Family is truly one of my favorite wines to serve and share with others. It reminds me of how the great Napa Cabernet Sauvignons once were – well balanced, dry and suitable for ageing. The M's excellence is recognizable to the most discerning palates and to novices alike and it is exceptional with food or marvelous on its own, there is rarely a time when this wine doesn’t fit the situation.

The first vintage was 2005 which marked Michael Mondavi’s return to winemaking after more than 30 years. The wine is stylistically similar to the legendary Mondavi Cabernets crafted by Michael in the 1960’s and 1970’s and evolving to embrace the influence of Rob Mondavi Jr and Sabrina Massola who have been crafting the wine together for several vintages.  The M has consistently scored 90 points or higher with all the wine writers and 100 points with me!

The 2018 M carries on the tradition and the scores, with a new look. The M label was designed by former Gucci designer, Karen Joyce, and captures the terroir of Animo through an artistic interpretation of the vineyard roots and soil. The new label is eye catching gold foil, and symbolizes the deep roots of the Mondavi family in Napa Valley, as well as those of the vines on Atlas Peak.

The 2018 growing season was mild, which led to overall high quality and quantity, much like 2016 did. The wine is fresh, with aromas of French plum and notes of roasted hazelnut at the core of the bouquet. On the palate, a medium body and soft textures mingle with delicate and refined flavors of dark red fruits and orchard blossoms to offer a seamless finish to this elegant and opulent wine.

M is a reflection of Michael’s vision for great wine – complex and subtle, made to be enjoyed with a meal, revealing itself slowly over time and inviting you back for a second glass.


Tom Markakis - Hospitality Manager & Estate Sommelier

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