How fitting to end Joe's American Wine Month with Napa's signature grape from Mondavi! Mondavi, the first major winery built after the Prohibition era has, over its 40+ years in existence, grown to be a global force in wine - and a villain of Nossiter's Mondovino.
Ruby red in the glass, the 2000 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville) started with cooked fruit and vegetal notes, but later opened up to reveal aromas of roses, blackberries, leather, mint and cloves. On the palate this wine was incredibly smooth, with velvety tannins, lively acidity and subdued fruit that paired very well with steak off the grill. Bordeaux-like, it is the Rodney Dangerfield of the wine world: no respect from American critics for being too French and too American for the likes of Nossiter. Note the alcohol content - more in line with the Gironde than Napa. Nice length, but I suspect it is peaking - drink now.
Price: A priceless gift from my sister.