Marc Mondavi’s Divining Rod 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
The elder son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi, Marc Mondavi was born in 1954 and caught the family winemaking bug early in life, holding his first official winery position at age 10. The 2010 Cabernet comes from Alexander Valley, considered a sacred location by the 56 year-old winemaker.
Marc Mondavi is a “water witch,” or a water diviner, and he has used these talents to find underground sources of water to establish vineyards for his family and friends. He uses L-shaped divining rods crafted from copper that are also known as “angle rods.” These rods rotate inwards and cross to for an “X” and that indicates positive response in the search for water.
The Cabernet Sauvignon has an aroma of ripe black fruits with flavors of blackberry, cherry, cured meats and spiced tea. New French oak barrels are used in the winemaking to envelop the wine in a tannic structure, while at the same time preserving the integrity of the fruit.
As with any wine growing region of importance, temperatures in the daytime in Alexander Valley can be very hot, but drop harshly at night. This swing really stimulates the grape or what is known as “vine stress,” so water becomes very important. The blend for this wine is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% “a little magic”, containing Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.