We recently tried three white wines from CK Mondavi, and today we dive deeper into their current offerings, reviewing two Chardonnays and two Cabernet Sauvignons. CK Mondavi consistently produces very affordable wines, and today we find out whether these four are bargain bottles worth seeking out.
2021 CK Mondavi Chardonnay – Golden straw colored, this California Chardonnay is light on the nose, offering some lemon and a touch of green apple. Unfortunately, on the palate this wine tastes almost exactly like store-brand apple juice from concentrate. There is light acidity, but it doesn’t add much complexity. This is a Chardonnay for people that don’t particularly like wine, and its flavor matches its price point. C / $7
2021 CK Mondavi Buttery Chardonnay – Pale straw in the glass, this wine introduces enjoyable aromas of butter and red delicious apple. The palate follows suit but also introduces well balanced notes of caramel and vanilla as well, and the finish is medium in length. This wine is far superior to the regular Chardonnay, and it is an excellent bargain bottle for fans of oak-heavy California Chardonnays. B+ / $7
2020 CK Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine comes up short. The nose shows some plum, but it is coupled with the aroma of Welch’s grape juice and a touch of alcohol. The palate isn’t any better, tasting like grape juice and vodka with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon mixed in. D / $7
2020 CK Mondavi Dark Cabernet Sauvignon – Deep ruby in color, this wine shows notes of blackberry, grape juice, and alcohol on the nose. The palate is better, introducing some blackberry and blueberry fruit notes as well as a slightly drying taste of mocha in the finish. This wine hits above its price point, but just barely. C+ / $7