What's this "Italian" phase?
James Laube: "Since getting involved with Mondavi's Tuscan wine projects, Tim's stated fascination has been with creating what he calls bright, cleansing wines. This is bothersome because too many of the efforts are just that -- tart and angular, with little depth or dimension."
The myth of Robert Parker
Wines & Vines
...As Langewiesche points out, Parker laid the basis for his philosophy of wine in issue #2 of his newsletter, criticizing California wineries for bland, sterile and manipulated wines. (He recently did an about face and accused the Robert Mondavi winery of the same sins a little over a year after the Decanter interview, in which he listed winemaker Tim Mondavi as one of the "world's top winemakers." Contradiction?)
If Parker's tastes can be summed up in a sentence, it would be with words (as from a typical description in the "Advocate") "impressive," "opulent," "complex," "muscular," "harmonious," " expansive" and "full-bodied." Compare that to how he described Mondavi's wines: "...increasingly light and to my way of thinking, indifferent, innocuous wines that err on the side of intellectual vapidness..." ("Wine Advocate" #132, 12-23-00)....
Land is Mondavi's mantra
Gerald D. Boyd
Wednesday, April 25, 2001
The Winemaker Tim Mondavi
-- AGE: 49
-- WINERY: Robert Mondavi Winery
-- FAVORITE WINE: "I love Sangiovese, especially with Italian foods and fresh vegetables."
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