Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2010 Merlot, $16.19-$22.99, 90 points, bucks the trend of "drink young!" Yeah, it's good now, but I'm guessing two or three years in the cellar will only improve the drinkability of this "Big" merlot; the wine is in your face from the get-go with a bright ruby trending purple color (broad watery rim), to the wafting aroma of plum, black and sweet red cherry with cinnamon and clove.
The near full body is lush and almost jammy, moderate tannin and acids both pressing down along with a pushy flavor profile reminiscent of the aroma, but approaching that syrupy quality that turns me off, yet not quite there, and thank you Mondavi for that.
The finish gathers spice and tart red cherry and carries it a considerable distance with just a hint of mint.
Apothic Red Table Wine lovers might just benefit from tasting this Merlot as an exercise in understanding what a step-up this Merlot is, yet remain in their comfort zone.