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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sweet Red and Sweet White - Fruit Cocktails In A Bottle

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sweet Red and Sweet White - Fruit Cocktails In A Bottle
Simple, sweet and fruity wines for around $5.

It took me awhile to muster up the courage to try these two wines from the budget Woodbridge line of Robert Mondavi. I've certainly enjoyed many of their wines in the past so that wasn't the problem, but any wine labeled "Sweet" that only costs around $5 makes all kind of warning flags go off in my head. Sweet in this instance usually means that is is unbearably so, often bordering on tooth numbing, syrupy slop that shouldn't even be called wine. But alas, I was rather pleasantly surprised by these two, read on to find out more.


2011 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sweet RedFirst up is the 2011 Woodbridge Sweet Red, a blend of Syrah, Merlot, small amounts of other red varieties and a mix of white grapes from California. This wine has an $7 and is available for as low as $4-$5, but widely for around $6. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"Our Sweet Red showcases flavors of ripe, juicy red berries with a delicate sweetness that is luscious and fruity. Our Sweet Red is food-friendly, delightful for sipping, and can be enjoyed chilled or at room temperature.

11.7% Alcohol"
The 2011 Woodbridge Sweet Red begins with aromas of cherry, black cherry and strawberry. The wine tastes simple and sweet but it's not cloying. The primary flavors are strawberry and other red berries including a good dose of cranberry. The finish is relatively short but the wine is refreshing and easy to drink. It won't blow your socks off, but it's pretty good for the low, low price. It would also be very good for Sangria. Best consumed slightly chilled.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 6              Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.0



2011 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sweet WhiteNext up is the 2011 Woodbridge Sweet White, a blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Viognier and Verdelho from California. This wine has an SRP of $8 but like the Sweet Red is available widely for around $6 and as low as $4-$5. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"Our Sweet White showcases floral aromas with flavors of ripe citrus and tropical fruit and a finish that is delicately sweet and refreshing, making it food-friendly and delightful for sipping.

11.6% Alcohol"
The 2011 Woodbridge Sweet White begins with pleasant aromas of grapefruit and other citrus along with some nice floral notes. The wine tastes of lots of peach, green apple, pear, tangerine and other fresh fruits. Again, it's definitely sweet but not cloying; simple, but refreshing. The finish is on the short side, but it's crisp so it works.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 6              Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.0



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