Thursday, August 18, 2011

Robert Mondavi "Private Selection" Sauvignon Blanc 2010

California (wine review and rating)

Robert Mondavi "Private Selection" Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Origin: California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: July 2011
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00 (750ml bottle)

Our review: The green-gold wine exhibits aromas of lime, citrus zest, and lemongrass, with very slight notes of citrus flowers. The citrus flavors are a little muted at first, but quickly develop on the palate. The somewhat astringent finish has some mineral character to it.

Our rating: Maybe it shouldn't, but it continues to surprise us how much temperature is a factor in reviewing wines. We typically serve Sauvignon Blancs reasonably well chilled, but in this case, we found that as this wine warmed it improved. What we initially considered to be muted or flat flavors developed quite nicely after 20-30 minutes or so. We served our bottle with a grilled pork chops and asparagus, probably not the best choice but not a bad one overall. It demonstrated to us how versatile this wine can be. Our recommendation is to chill this wine and then allow it to breathe for 15-20 minutes before serving. As such, we rate it Above Average.

This wine was received as a sample for review. See our Disclosure Policy for more information about our reviews of sample products.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Lemon/lime, with freshly cut grass and floral notes on the nose. The flavors of the same family with a nice acidic backbone. The acidity leans to the citrus side making for a very food friendly wine. Enjoy this superior Sauvignon Blanc with crab salad, calamari, prosciutto-wrapped pears, and roasted chicken.

Winery website: Robert Mondavi Wines (Private Selection). The information on the website is a little dated; the most recent information mentioned is for 2008 vintages.

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