Synopsis, Our Opinion: A “not bad” Sauvignon Blanc that I wouldn’t buy again.
Producer/Winery: Robert Mondavi Winery; Oakville, California.
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc (94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillon).
Geographic Appellation: Napa Valley, California.
Purchased From: Bistro B Wine Dinner; Kernersville, North Carolina.
Paired With: Garden salad with mushrooms, carrots, onion, black beans and celery; dressed with Persian lime olive oil and blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar.
He said: Chilled before drinking. Clear, pale yellow-green color. Very nice lemon-lime citrus aroma. Light to medium body, but a little rough mouth-feel. Strong, tart (approaching bitter), lemon taste that continues through a fairly long finish. Balanced slightly crisp acidity, nice mineral in the finish and it drinks more like a 10-11% alcohol content than the 13.5% listed on the label. We first had this Sauvignon Blanc at a wine dinner with a first course that included scallops and we liked it well enough to buy two bottles. It was just mediocre paired with the salad, but disappointing sipping alone after the dinner. I would say it was a “not bad” Sauvignon Blanc that I wouldn’t buy again.
She said: Clear, light golden yellow color. The citrus aroma and taste were accompanied by a medium body. Lacking nuances of flavor it had a flat stainless steel taste that continued into the long finish. Better with the salad then alone. There was nothing particularly bad about the wine, but nothing to recommend either. So I would definitely shop around before buying it again.
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
UPC Code: 0 86003 35186 8
Imported by: NA
Photo from Robert Mondavi Winery.