Saturday, December 4, 2010

*** $ Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2005 - Wine Tasting & Review (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, CA, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.  It is a ubiquitous bargain-priced wine from the Central Valley of California, one that I tried two years ago without much pleasure.  

In the glass: Medium deep magenta, turning brick at the perimeter.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this bargain Cali cab shows a shy nose of deep, slightly vegetative fruit. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a tangy, but full and balanced mid-palate, showing dark fruit of dry ripe blackberry. The finish is clean though unremarkable.

In summary: Overall, I did appreciate this variety and vintage more than two years ago, as a simple but clean red table wine.  Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its mid-palate balance. Decent, though not best, value because of its bargain price.

Following long decant, three days kept cool under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  The deep fruit aroma is now sweet canned beets.   The palate has grown a bit more mature too, knitting some sandy tannins in with the blackberry fruit.  Almost but not quite touching three stars with the extra air, so remains a good value. Even longer decant, two more days kept cool without vacuum:  Now aroma is inky dark canned beets, actually improved.  Inky beets and ripe blackberry now move this to three stars - it becomes a best value with very long decant!

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