I'm shocked by the low ratings. I know the American palate has become accustomed to a lot of fruit, depth of currant/cassis/other dark fruits that assault the palate, but this came across much more restrained, refined, and well made. I definitely had a good bottle, which helped, and for $30 I'm not sure why anyone would ever go out and buy a current release of Mondavi (disclaimer, I had the '97 Mondavi which I will put up shortly...94 points and spectacular). This is really solid stuff, but the shortish finish and the lack of depth/complexity took 2 points of the score. 89+ as it was better on Day 2, and has room to mature/improve.
A little bit of brownish colour, perfectly to be expected, from its age. After being open about a day, the nose is expansive. On the palate, the tannins are mellow, again from age, and are not chewy. There is some good flavour. But the flavour is a bit tangy, suggesting that this wine is ready to drink. Good.
Much better than expected given the price and the fact that this older (2000) vintage was being pushed by a wine club. Nicely aged for a cab now quite smooth on the palate. The expected berries on the nose and palate.
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