By Duane Pemberton
Fewer names are more synonymous with California Cab than Robert Mondavi and for good reason. Mondavi’s history and involvement with getting California wine and Cab “on the world’s radar” have become a hallmark of appreciation by the entire USA wine industry.
Although I’ve had my own personal misgivings with the snobbery my wife and I faced while visiting Mondavi around 5 years ago, I won’t let that cloud my judgement of this wine and what it brings to the table. Frankly, I was happy to review this wine to see what all the hype is about in regards to it always being such a sought-after Cab by many.
- Fruit: Varietal blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
- Brix at harvest: 26.3º
- TA: .63%
- ph: 3.59
- Alcohol: 15.3%
- Price: $28
Nose: Dark cherries, peppered raspberries, vanilla, the heal of a sneaker, leather straps, dark chocolate and some medicine cabinet.
Taste: This is a cab that thoroughly coats your palate with a multitude of layers – chocolate cake, tar, tobacco, black cherries, black pepper and raspberries. It has a good mouthfeel, decent acids and is overall a rather food-friendly wine. What kills it for me, however, is the current price it’s at compared to cabs that represent a better retail value – the likes of which are mainly from Washington State. If, however, you want a solid Napa Cab experience from a legacy brand like Mondavi, this isn’t a bad bottle at all. If it were below $20, it’d be a far easier recommendation.
W.E.P. Rating: 85%
On the web: www.robertmondavi.com