88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Francfrom the Central Coast of California.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $11 and available for as low as $8.
From the bottle:
"Through tireless winemaking innovation, an uncompromising eye for quality and unshakable faith in California's vineyards, Robert Mondavi was a pioneer in producing wines that rival the world's finest.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon brims with blackberries, plums and spices, with smooth oak nuances from barrel aging.
You may be wondering why a wine that is labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon also has such small quantities of five other varieties in it. Based on the labeling laws in the U.S. a wine only needs to have 75% of one variety to be labeled as such. Today's wine at 88% Cabernet Sauvignon easily meets that requirement. Why they chose to add such tiny quantities of five additional varieties, I don't know, but honestly, I don't really care! Why?
- Number one, the people at Robert Mondavi have been making wine long enough that they know how to create really nice wines.
- Number two, my primary concern is how a wine tastes. As I've stated before -- here at The Reverse Wine Snob we're not about wines living up to varietal "expectations", we just want to know if the wine tastes good!
The 2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon begins with aromas of ripe plum, a little green pepper and toasty oak. Tasting the wine shows a smooth texture with lots of good dark fruit, some toasty oak and a little spice. The dry finish features some sour cherry notes and nice tannins. Another nice wine from the consistently good Robert Mondavi Private Selection.
Other Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine reviewed:
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage
2009 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Grigio
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay
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