Wine of the Day: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage


(Image courtesy of Robert Mondavi Private Selection)

(Image courtesy of Robert Mondavi Private Selection)

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage Central Coast 2011, $11

The most amazing thing about this red blend? The price. I can’t remember tasting the Meritage from this line before — it’s dry, balanced, complex and delicious, and such a bargain. It’s an almost equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with some generous Malbec that’s fleshed out with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot — a true Bordeaux blend. The fruit flavors are raspberry, dark cherry, dark plum and bittersweet chocolate. Tannins are supple; acidity provides structure. The majority of the fruit was sourced from Monterey County. It was aged 12 months in French and American oak.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay Central Coast 2012, $11

Chardonnay lovers on a budget should like this wine and the price — look for a sale. It’s produced off cooler Monterey County vineyards, sees some wood and has nice styling. It’s crisp and dry; aromas shout green apple, nectarine, lemon and caramel. On the palate, it shows just enough oak to broaden the mouthfeel and add complexity. It finishes dry, stoney and minerally. It delivers nicely for a brand that produces oceans of this wine. It’s a good bottle to tuck away for guests.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Grigio Central Coast 2012, $11

Crisp, dry, stoney, citrusy, and tonic water! Yes! Think lime zest, floral tones, grapefruit. This everyday-priced wine now gets a more narrow origin than “California” — it’s “Central Coast,” the appellation with plenty of cool-climate vineyards to give the Grigio the acidity it needs. Pretty sassy Grigio to pair with a complex salad or hors d’oeuvres.