Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Carneros 2012 Pinot Noir, $24.99-$29.99, 85 points, poured a candy-apple red with a broad clear rim.
The three of us tasting this wine found the nose to be a bit like rubber and wet cement, but after breathing for hours, the wine's nose transformed into a toasty cherry (barely acceptable).
Medium-plus body with fair acidity and mild-plus tannin carried a rather dull plum and cherry fruit.
Finished fair with hints of mint, some of the 14.5% alcohol, and mild spice notes.
Commentary: There certainly could have been something wrong with this bottle, though no signs were apparent with the cork, and it was a fairly young wine. RM has always been a great wine for me, but this, not so much!
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