I'm giving up on these lower-end Mondavi Cabs. Perhaps the reserves and the Oakville bottlings have more personality. This opened with minor dark fruit notes and some canned sardine aromas that dissipated. The palate was disjointed, and the finish nonexistent. Picks up dusty notes and plums and raisins as it opens in the glass. But ultimately a disappointment, even at its sub-$20 price point. Will pass on future offerings.
Quite disappointing, especially in light of the bottlings of its predecessors that I remember from quite a few years ago. There is some spiciness, but the whole presentation is so on the sweet side, the wine just becomes one dimensional and quite boring. The tannins are very soft, and acidity is lacking. It did not improve on the second night, and on the third it went into a sauce. If I gave a number score, it would be rather lower than what I'm seeing here.
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