Robert Mondavi is a name, and a winery, that should need no introduction, yet Mondavi has so many sub-labels you can forgiven if you can’t keep them all straight. The “Napa Valley” label is exactly what it sounds like, a mid-range blend made from 100% Napa Valley fruit.
Widely available and consistent from year to year, you can always count on these wines for a decent glass of vino at a very good price for Napa fruit.
2010 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Napa Valley – A staple of many a Chinese restaurant, this affordable Sauvignon Blanc offers crisp acidity, and ample citrus notes of the grapefruit and pomelo variety. Very tart finish, which makes it less food friendly than I’d like in many environments. B / $13
2010 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Acceptable but unchallenging Cabernet. While at first blush it comes across is quite extracted, wood and tannin quickly overtake the fruit components, particularly as it collects air over time. The finish is mild but drying, and mostly harmless. B / $28
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