After skipping Wine Review Wednesday for a couple of weeks, we're back this one with a wine that I'd call absolutely necessary for any collection--or dinner table, for that matter.
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Oakville
What a beautiful, glass-staining garnet color, even 6 years into its life. The nose shows lots of deep, dark currants, black cherries, licorice, birch bark, and a touch of bonfire. On the palate, it’s a plush pleasure to drink, with that licorice, birch bark, smoke, and dark cherry coming through, joined by black tea. This is starting to take its turn to a more secondary expression of itself, and it’s wonderful for it. Still, I’d recommend holding it for another 2 - 3 years in order for it to really complete its evolution into a fully mature wine. On the finish, baseball glove leather and a hint of dried brown spice and menthol peek through. Complex and fabulous, with plenty of life ahead of it.