Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: **+ $ Woodbridge Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, CA

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Original review, November, 2007:
This is Mondavi's entry in the "practically-free" category - a
2005 California appelation cabernet sauvignon in the Woodbridge series. I encountered it as "hotel wine" - wine brought out by the dozens for cocktail receptions.

Here's what I found: In the glass, it is a light, mid-red, fairly transparent. The color was more typical of pinot noir than cabernet, frankly. You have to dig deep into the glass with your nose for the aromatics, which come across as profoundly shy, just slightly squeaking of spice and light fruit.

There is just a touch more flavor to the palate than suggested by the aroma. Here it's straight-on cassis and a touch of acid. Fast-finishing too. This is not quite two stars, because I can't really call it an "interesting experience". But better than a star, because I could finish the glass and have another. So I'll give it one plus stars out of five.

Maybe you get slightly more than you pay for with this; but you pay so little that you still don't get all that much.

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Updated review, four years later, November, 2011:  Consistent color.  Nose has picked up broccoli vegetative aromatics.  A fuller, more balanced result on the palate than four years ago, showing soft, simple fruit and a clean finish.  Two stars with a plus for pleasant cleanliness.

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