2017 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Monterey, California

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Color: Ruby and Purple
Body: Full
Aromas: Black Cherry, Blackberry, Smoke
Flavor Profile: Black Cherry, Blackberry, Vanilla, Toasted Oak, Allspice
Tannins: Medium-Plus
Acidity: Medium
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV

This is a limited release Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes sourced from the Robert Mondavi coastal California vineyards. The aromas are of dark berries and a smokiness that draws you into the intense flavors of black cherry and blackberry, with a twist. Because the wine is aged in bourbon whiskey barrels for at least 3 months, the flavors are deepened to include rich oak, vanilla and spices.

Although letting the wine breath is a common practice, I found this one to provide a greater richness and full flavor immediately from the bottle as compared letting it sit. This is an excellent value for the price.