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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - A Napa Valley Value?

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - A Napa Valley Value?
A prestigious Napa Valley Cab for less than $20. Thanks Costco!

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah from Napa Valley, California (including Stag's Leap and Oakville with 32% coming from To Kalon Vineyard).

SRP of $28 and available for $18 at Costco. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"In 1966 Robert Mondavi built his winery with a singular vision: to create wines that stand among the world's finest. This Cabernet Sauvignon showcases outstanding vineyards in the geographic center of the Napa Valley. Fruit characteristics, such as blackberry and cassis, combined with spicy oak elements, lead to an elegant structure, with velvety tannins and excellent length. A Napa Valley classic.

14.5% Alcohol"
We have reviewed and enjoyed many wines from Robert Mondavi here at The Reverse Wine Snob, wines like the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage - An All American French Blend And A Bulk Buy, the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet/Merlot - Easy-Going and Adaptable and the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir - Hunt For The Best Pinot Noir Under $20.

As you can see, to stay in our price range we're normally dealing with the Woodbridge or Private Selection lines. It's not often we find true Napa Valley Cabernet under $20, especially when you start throwing around sub-regions like Stag's Leap and Oakville. Today however, thanks to Costco's excellent pricing and low margins, we bring you this excellent Napa Valley Cabernet from the Robert Mondavi Winery line that even includes a significant portion of grapes from the famed To Kalon vineyard, first planted in 1868.

The 2010 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with very nice aromas of blackberry, black pepper, blackcurrant, vanilla and spice. Tasting this velvety smooth wine reveals more blackberry, licorice and oaky spice. The wine is probably still a bit young, yet still plenty good after it has a bit of time to breathe. A great match for a steak now, or give it a few more years and watch it develop even more. It ends very dry with good length and features lingering fruit and oak.

Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 3
Overall Rating: 7.5




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