Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Review

In this Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir review, you’ll get the price, alcohol content, taste and more of Mondavi’s Private Selection Pinot Noir.

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir is vinted and bottled by Robert Mondavi in Acampo, California, USA.

The wine maker for this wine is Jason Dodge, who refers to himself as a minimalist.  He believes in keeping things simple and letting the wine’s flavors come through as the star of the show.

Spoiler Alert:  That minimalist theme is true and it comes through in my review.

If you’re interested, I’ve also reviewed two other Robert Mondavi selections.  Here they are:

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc

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Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Reviewed

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir

From the bottle:

Robert Mondavi Private Selection was founded in 1994 by Robert Mondavi to capture the delicious flavors from California’s best coastal vineyards.

For this review, I tasted the 2015 vintage of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir.


In the glass, this wine poured dark cherry in color.

A pretty good amount of light was able to shine through and leave red reflections on the table.

It was also quite leggy, with several tightly-packed and very slow-falling tears sliding down the glass.


I didn’t notice much aroma upon opening the bottle.

After pouring, I did have to get fairly close to the glass before there was a discernible aroma.

Once I did, I first noted straightforward Pinot Noir aroma with hints of strawberry and currant.

I wasn’t able to pick up roses (as suggested by the bottle’s tasting notes) but I did also pick up a bit of vanilla when I really stuck my nose in the glass.

A strong sniff was not met with much alcohol burn in the nose, which was appreciated.

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir alcohol content 13.5% by volume, per the bottle.

Overall, a pleasant and non-complex aroma.


I went in expecting lighter flavors of cherry and red fruits and my expectations where precisely met.

Specifically, cherry and raspberry, which exactly matched the bottle’s tasting notes.

It’s not often the bottle’s flavor description is spot on, so kudos to Mondavi for getting that right.

I enjoyed the flavors and was pleased with the overall taste of this Pinot Noir.

Mouthfeel and Tannins

Mouthfeel is juicy and tannins subtle and elegant.

I also noticed there wasn’t any sort of bitter aftertaste from the tannins, which was great.  I don’t like it when an elegant Pinot gets cut short with an aftertaste.


Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir finishes long and enjoyable.

The flavors definitely over-ride the tannins in the finish which again makes me call this Pinot elegant.

Overall Opinion

Overall, while there isn’t a lot of complexity or uniqueness with this wine, it does what it’s supposed to do quite well.

It’s a straightforward Pinot Noir that’s an elegant sipper on its own and given the under $10 price, a great value.

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir price $8.99.  At least that’s what I paid for it.

Don’t hesitate to pick this one up if you’re seeking a lovely Pinot Noir at a value-oriented price point!

Suggested Food Pairing

The bottle notes suggest pairing this wine with pot stickers or lamb burgers.  The lamb burgers’ flavors might overwhelm the wine a bit, but I’m on board with the pot stickers.


  1. I have gotten so obsessed with red wine! My first loved red was Melbec, and Merlot… But after yesterday I drank something different with my cheese enchiladas and it was very smooth and blended very nicely with my food and the enjoyable moment I had with my husband. It’s not too dry or too sweety.

  2. Since Thanksgiving night I have drank many bottles of R M Private Selection Pinot Noir wine….this not because I am an alcoholic. I have enjoyed such a smooth start, pare, and finish of this wine. I have had this wine with many food sources, and even though the professionals would want to pair the foods, I feel this wine can be enjoyed in all stages. Enjoy a glass without any type of food, but make sure the laughs with friends become contagious. ROBERT Mondavi has a great 2019 Pinot Noir thanks to the vineyard and all involved.. Can we top this?? I am waiting!!

  3. Frankly – very nice to see you review a wine for which you weren’t sent a free sample bottle by the vineyard/distributor.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Bonnie. I still have a couple samples left, but the majority of my reviews (starting in 2018) will be of wines I’ll be paying for out of pocket.

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