Our day trip to Sonoma had one Napa stop thrown into the mix - Robert Mondavi. We went straight to the Reserve Tasting room (which by the way, we did at nearly every winery that had the option.) We enjoy the Reserve Tasting rooms as they don't cost much more than the regular tasting room but you often get to try some unique wines that are only available at the winery or some wines that are more expensive and not the typical bottle of wine we will pick up for a typical weeknight of catching up on American Idol and Lost.
The Reserve Tasting room at Mondavi offers 4 tastes for $30. The pours were about 2 oz. each, so although the cost was the most expensive during our tour, the pours were double the amount in each glass. Mike and I always share a tasting, it keeps cost down and allows you to taste plenty of wines without getting tipsy.
Our wine guy offered zero information about the wines, but that wasn't really his fault, the bar area isn't very large, so it seems like they want you in and out as quickly as possible. Our wine guy did suggest that we try the Stag's Leap Cab and the 06 - both were great. We also chose a Pinot and the 98 Cab to complete our tasting. Once the wines for tasting have been chosen, he suggested that we find a cozy spot to sit and enjoy, so we headed to the lovely dining room table next to the fire place to enjoy. It was very relaxing and the four of us critiqued the wines together.