“Y by YOSHIKI” wine is created in collaboration with Rob Mondavi Jr., 4th generation Napa Valley winemaker and grandson of Robert Mondavi.
As a wine lover and California resident, YOSHIKI has truly respected the Mondavi family and their long commitment to producing world class wines for many generations. From this respect, the “Y by YOSHIKI” collaboration was born in 2009.
In February 2009, YOSHIKI met with Michael Mondavi and his son, Rob Mondavi Jr. They invited YOSHIKI to their Napa Valley home to have dinner and to discuss their new collaboration wine project. They tasted many wines together that evening in order to get a sense of the wines that YOSHIKI loves and enjoys. The next day, YOSHIKI and winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr. visited the Michael Mondavi Family Estate where they tasted and blended many different wines from the different barrels of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in order to blend the perfect wines for YOSHIKI.
The first two wines of their new collaboration, -- “Y by YOSHIKI California Chardonnay 2008” and “Y by YOSHIKI California Cabernet Sauvignon 2008” were released in Autumn 2009 exclusively in Japan.
In the fall of 2016, YOSHIKI released his “Napa series” of wines – “Y by YOSHIKI Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011” and “Y by YOSHIKI Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012”. The grapes for these luxury wines were sourced exclusively from selected vineyards in the Napa Valley. The reputation for these wines continued to grow and after several YOSHIKI television appearances featuring the wines, “Y by YOSHIKI Napa Valley” wines became instantly famous and quickly sold out. Since then, the “Y by YOSHIKI” wines have become more and more difficult to obtain.
YOSHIKI decided to create a new blend of “smart casual wine” so that the average consumers could enjoy his California wines. YOSHIKI and Rob went back to work and in July 2018, they released their "California series" of wines – “Y by YOSHIKI California Chardonnay 2017” and “Y by YOSHIKI California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017” both of which were sold out within 6 months.
At the end of 2018, in celebration of his 10-year partnership with Rob Mondavi Jr., YOSHIKI released his “masterpiece”, the 10th Anniversary Special Edition “Y by YOSHIKI Oakville Napa Valley 2016”.
In the summer of 2019, YOSHIKI released his new vintage of “California series”, “Y by YOSHIKI “Encore” California Chardonnay 2017” and “Y by YOSHIKI California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017”.
In December 2020, YOSHIKI released the new vintages of both, “Y by YOSHIKI California” and “Y by YOSHIKI Oakville”, as well as a new line called “Y by YOSHIKI Russian River Valley”.
During their last blending session, YOSHIKI proposed a new challenge to Rob – to produce together a beautiful pinot noir and chardonnay from California that could stand alongside the best wines from Burgundy, France, which YOSHIKI had grown very fond of in recent years. Fortunately, Rob did not have to look far from his Napa Valley home and winery, for just over the Mayacamas mountain range lies the Russian River Valley, arguably the very best region in California to produce top quality chardonnays and pinot noirs – the Y by YOSHIKI Russian River wines were born.
The success of YOSHIKI and Rob Mondavi Jr.’s thirteen year partnership has produced three core brands – “Y by YOSHIKI California”, “Y by YOSHIKI Russian River Valley” and “Y by YOSHIKI Oakville” - and now in December 2021, YOSHIKI is releasing the new vintages of these three series.
Barrels:French Oak and American Oak
Winemaker:Rob Mondavi Jr.
Retail Price:¥5,500 (tax not included)
New Barrel:30% New French Oak - 70% 2017 barrels, (1 time fill)
Retail Price:￥18,000 (tax not included)
Cabernet Sauvignon California 2018
Variety:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:Rob Mondavi Jr.
Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Sonoma County 2017
Variety:100% Pinot Noir
Aging:10 months in French Oak
Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon California 2017
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2016
Cabernet Sauvignon California 2016
100% Cabernet Sauvignon