Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (76%), French Colombard (15%), Semillon (5%), Verdelho (3%), Aromatic white varieties (1%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 (750ml bottle)
Our review: Pale gold to the point of being nearly colorless, this wine has aromas of tropical and tree fruit with slight notes of flowers. The profile on the palate, however, is more citric in character, tart with little depth to the flavors. The finish adds some minerality and a bit of citrus zest.
Our rating: There's a surprising amount of complexity to this wine, no doubt influenced by the unusual blend of grapes used, though our overall impression is diminished somewhat by the relatively weak flavors. We served our bottle with broiled white fish, a nice choice; a light lunch that includes seafood is probably the best pairing here. We previously rated the Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc 2008 on the low side of average; this vintage is markedly better, rating on the High Side of Average (and a good value, especially if it can be purchased at less than the suggested retail price).
This bottle of wine was received as a sample for review.
Taste profile from the winemaker: Expresses sharp citrus and tropical fruit character woven together with enticing spice and lemongrass nuances. The ripe tropical aromas give the impression of a sweet wine, but the dry, crisp flavors —with hints of lime on the finish—make a perfect complement to seafood.
Winery website: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.