Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $7.99 (sale)
I was having a study crisis. Luckily, there is a wine shop across the street from my apartment building. Unluckily, their selection stinks.
I thought I'd give Robert Mondavi another try. I have had a couple of his Woodbridge label wines, and one or two of his cheaper wines, without much success. They just never taste very good! But the Sauvignon Blanc was on sale, I was jonesing for Sauvignon Blanc, and the rest is history.
This wine smelled uncannily like Pabst Blue Ribbon (a cheaper lager) on the nose: yeasty, carbonated, and a little malty. My sister, a staunch hater of wines, said she liked the way it smelled (because it smells like cheap beer). She still refused to taste it.
As I thought it might, the wine tasted like an average white wine that you'd get at an open bar or as the house wine at the Olive Garden. It's not really distinguishable as a Sauvignon Blanc, which is disappointing. I so love the citrus burst that is characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc.
The wine is off-dry (and I like my Sauvignon Blanc dry) and almost sour...as if I had the bottle open for a week instead of an hour: Vinegar-esque, maybe? There are some hints of citrus rind, maybe lemon, but it's just not enough to make this wine tasty.
In short, this was just a flat, less than one-dimensional wine that I would not recommend, and it certainly doesn't excite my passion for a good glass of wine.