Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

By | June 1, 2007

With Americans over for dinner I dug out a Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 from under the stairs, letting them play ‘guess the wine’. I thought I’d probably left it too long, but it still held a strong ruby colour with just a little softening into garnet on the edge. The legs were thick with a fair bit of colour.

It smelled of cassis with a little chocolate and something vaguely violety. It was dry with a medium acidity and still lots of fruit, cassis with black cherries and chocolate, a little spiciness and just a touch of game.

It has a medium full body, but the flavour is a little shorter than I expected on first taste.

My guests guessed French, made in a new world style. Half right! It’s not pure Cabernet Sauvignon though, it does taste like there’s something more there. An argument ensued about American wines as my guests assumed that what was on the label was what was in the bottle. Bless.

A 2002 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon may only contain 25% 2002 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, as only 75% needs to come from the specified place, 25% from the vintage and 75% from the grape. That doesn’t make it bad, it’s just not as upfront an honest as many consumers assume. A check of the data sheet suggests some Syrah and Merlot, softening and adding spice.

At least the Sherry was from Jerez, the Sauternes from Sauternes, and the strawberries from Snitterfield, so dinner was good.