Review: Wines of CK Mondavi, 2021 Releases

Review: Wines of CK Mondavi, 2021 Releases

Mondavi is one of the few family dynasties synonymous with modern winemaking. Now in its fourth generation of family members in the business, CK Mondavi is celebrating Mondavi’s 75th anniversary with a branding refresh: new labels designed with temperature-sensitive inks to let one know when white wines are properly chilled.

2020 CK Mondavi and Family Red Blend – A blend of Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. Fairly sweet up front with notes of raspberry and a slight touch of orange, it mellows to feature dried fig and milk chocolate with some time. Medium bodied with a chocolate light on oak influence, it pairs well with an easy, light dinner and deserves to be opened now. It’s a respectable, affordable showing worthy of consideration as an everyday table red. A-

2018 CK Mondavi and Family Merlot – Jammy and heavy on dark plum notes at first, a little air helps the glass open up to blackberry and baking chocolate. Notes of roasted pecan and dark cherry dominate on the palate with just a slight touch of minerality, but it remains balanced until an easy and soft finish arrives. Incredibly approachable at this price point. One to bring for (budget) holiday occasions. B+

2020 CK Mondavi and Family Chardonnay – Lemon and citrus notes on the nose lead to a crisp body, light in acidity and quite flavorful on the palate. A hefty dose of green apple and ripe pear with mild oak influence build towards a dry and delightful finish. It improves as it warms in the glass, making for another serviceable everyday option. B+ [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

each $7 / ckmondavi.com

2020 CK Mondavi and Family Chardonnay

$7
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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