Solaire Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 88 points

2006 Solaire Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

(USA, California, Central Coast)

Better than I expected for a 20 dollar Mondavi wine.  Other than a few vintages of Opus One I am not a huge Mondavi fan. I feel that overall he is a little industrial for me.  However I was surprised by this Solaire Cabernet.  Very nice for the money.  I had this wine with a heavy Italian meal and the wine held up nicely.  Sweet plum and earthy on the nose. The palate was both soft with a subtle edge to it.  Nice balance.  Dark fruits and black olive.  The mid palate had a good long hang time with plum and blackberries.  The finish went even longer with more veggies and black olive on it.  The finish was unusually long for a 20 dollar wine.  Overall I found this well worth the money and currently a hidden jewel.


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