Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Sourcing: Bianchi Ranch, Boekenoogen, Vigna Monte Nero
Cases Produced: 37,000
Alcohol Label: 13.5%

The vineyards of Santa Lucia Highlands are planted on the southeast-facing terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. At their elevated location, the vines receive full morning sunshine, followed by the cooling effect of maritime breezes from Monterey Bay. This climatic combination results in an especially long growing season, which allows the grapes to fully develop maximum varietal character. Cool weather-loving Chardonnay flourishes in our Bianchi Bench vineyard.

The 2006 growing season opened with wet late winter rains which accelerated initial vine growth. The vines had almost full canopies by the end of May and bloom was prolonged. The weather remained cool into early summer, leading into a very hot end of July. Cool temperatures in August and September delayed the onset of harvest, giving grapes time to develop ripe, full flavors and excellent balance.

Solaire by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay grapes were selected at the peak of ripeness from top vineyards within Santa Lucia Highlands, including Bianchi and Boekenoogen. A percentage of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, and 100% of the juice was barrel fermented for a full, complex mouthfeel. The wine aged in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels from various esteemed coopers such as François Fre`res, Billion, Rousseau, Dargaud et Jaeglé, and Mercier.

Taste Profile: Luminous
Solaire by Robert Mondavi displays aromas and flavors of citrus, pear, mango, and freshly cut pineapple, supported by spicy and smoky nuances from 100% French oak. Aged for 13 months in a combination of new and one-year-old oak, this wine may be enjoyed upon release.

Varietal Content: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot
Appellation: 85% Paso Robles, 15% San Lucas (Monterey County)
Vineyard Sourcing: Denner, Wild Rose, Pine Creek
Cases Produced: 23,000
Alcohol Label: 13.5%

Growing Region: PASO ROBLES
Paso Robles has an extremely dry climate, with less than half the yearly rainfall of California’s Napa Valley. Unlike the Santa Lucia Highlands, Paso Robles receives very little marine influence during the day, and temperatures during the growing season are often near 100°F. In the early evenings, Templeton Gap allows cool air from the Pacific Ocean to flood the area, reducing temperatures as much as 50°F. This results in Cabernet Sauvignon of optimum ripeness, with generous fruit and balanced acidity.

The 2005 harvest opened with a rainy spring that accelerated vine growth. Summer was mild, except for a short heat spike in July when temperatures rose to 100°F. Late summer and fall were mild too, delaying harvest for optimum hangtime and resulting in grapes of exceptional flavor and texture.

Solaire by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were selected from top vineyards within Paso Robles and Monterey County, including Denner, Wild Rose, and Pine Creek. After the grapes were harvested at the peak of ripeness, the wine was fermented in stainless tanks with pulse air for softer extraction and mouthfeel. All of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to enhance roundness and depth. The wine was aged in a mixture of new and used French and American oak barrels from various esteemed coopers such as Vicard, Demptos, Nadalie, and Boswell.

Taste Profile: Vibrant
Solaire by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon shows all the hallmarks of great Paso Robles fruit. This full-bodied wine displays aromas of blackberry, cassis, and sweet dark fruits, with flavors of blackberries and plum supported by ripe tannins and integrated, sweet vanilla oak. This wine has beautiful elegance. It’s soft and approachable now, and will further improve with careful cellaring for eight to ten years.


Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest Corporate Social Responsibility

John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest (Southern)—encompassing Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana—is extremely proud of the large number of Southern team members across all seven states who have offered their volunteer time and donations to a wide range of national, state and local charitable groups. In 2013 and continuing through 2014, Southern has offered support to more than two-dozen different community-based, non-profit organizations across the region.

Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk—Supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital

For eight years, Matt Haskins, Senior Vice President, Wine for the Pacific Northwest has participated in the Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk, which benefits the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. In 2013, Southern was one of the single largest independent donor groups of the Charity Run to support families struggling with medical bills. In 2014, Southern employees raised more than $14,000 for the run. The need for uncompensated care grows each year and is expected to exceed more than $100 million this year. Of the 100,000 patients treated at Children’s each year, 65% need financial assistance.

The Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk is hosted by The Run for Children's Guild. For more information, please visit:

Detlef Schrempf Foundation

In June 2014, Southern donated a selection of wines and spirits from its supplier partners to the 21st Annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Gala and Auction. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation serves as a fundraising entity for Northwest children’s charities, enabling organizations to expand their own fundraising efforts.  The foundation’s vision is to assist these organizations in their quest to provide children a better chance at succeeding in life.

Guests of the event included more than 500 local business leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists. Proceeds raised from The Ripple of Giving Gala fund The Healing Center and Inspire Youth Project.

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Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

In 2014, Southern donated to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, Washington. The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established the Crisis Nursery so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises.”

The Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven, parent education, crisis counseling for parents, and referrals to other community agencies. For more information, please visit:

Covenant House Alaska 2014 Fire and Ice Ball

In January2014, Southern donated wines and spirits from participating supplier partners to the Fire and Ice Ball, with all proceeds going to the Covenant House Alaska. Covenant House Alaska has served thousands of homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth in Alaska. Their sole purpose is to help youth in crisis 24-hours a day. Through three main programs—emergency shelter, street outreach and transitional living programs—Covenant House Alaska meets the basic needs of youth in crisis, while also providing them with the support to become healthy, self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

This year's Fire & Ice Ball was a huge success. $500,000 was raised to benefit Covenant House Alaska. In just one night, guests provided funds to keep their doors open 24 hours a day for over 100 days. Thanks to this fun night of fundraising, hundreds of young men and women will have a safe, warm, loving roof over their heads.

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Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society:

In 2014, the Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society held its 22nd anniversary of the Anchorage Robert Burns Supper in honor of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. The charity event proceeds are earmarked for local charitable groups such as local Armed Services YMCA, Food Bank Alaska, and Breast Cancer Focus Alaska, among others.  Southern supported the event though an in-kind donation of wine and spirits.
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Oregon Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

Thanks to the active participation of Southern team members, the annual food drive collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable goods which was donated to the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. The Oregon Food Bank distributes emergency food to hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. In addition, Oregon Food Bank’s metro and statewide services teams provide technical assistance and training to hunger-relief agencies and matches local donations to help agencies build capacity to better serve the community.

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One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies to distribute to people in need.

Southern’s Oregon team partnered with local retail customers to collect and donate several hundred coats for One Warm Coat of Oregon. For more information, please visit:

Additional Outreach Efforts

In addition to the charitable, health and community groups noted above, Southern supports City of Hope, Northwest Harvest, Toys for Tots, the YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Cordova Sockeye Festival, First Friday Art, Cancer Society, UAS Alumni Association, March of Dimes Celebrity Chef event, Fur Rendezvous, Blue Line Youth Hockey, and AK Selects and the Sitka Seafood Festival, which in 2014 will once again feature a special appearance from the Head Winemaker of Rodney Strong Vineyards Rick Sayre. Southern charitably supports the Children’s Cancer Association of Oregon, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and Elevate Oregon for urban youth.