Blend: 85% Cabernet, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot
Residual Sugar: .14 g/L
Total acid: .6 g/L
Final pH: 3.69
Grape Sourcing: 100% Napa Valley (40% To Kalon Vineyard)
Price: suggested retail $28
Robert Mondavi’s Napa Cab is usually a safe bet when you’re at a restaurant and don’t recognize the other brands on the wine list. This wine can be found on most wine lists across the country and usually at a fair price, considering the quality.
I’ve had this wine in many different restaurants and also had many different vintages of this wine. While the wine is not mind blowing amazing, it is good and consistently good. Year after year this wine delivers, and considering it’s actually a large production wine, the consistency is an achievement.
So, how does this vintage fair? The nose consists of a mix of cherries and plums, not explosive but it is noticeable. The palate transitions into a standard Napa Valley fair of ripe fruit. Blackberry and black cherry dominate with a bit of oak and spice in the back ground. A smooth finish, well balanced. If you can find this wine for around $15-$20 it will be a good find.
Weekly Wine Journal rating 88 points