Full Review

CK Mondavi

CK Mondavi
2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: .05%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7
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CK Mondavi
2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6% RS: .05%
Dusty ruby black color. Savory, fruity aromas and flavors of braised meat and carrots, chocolate fondue, and dried berries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish imparting impressions of vanilla nuts and cedar bark with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice fruity, easy going sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: braised meat and carrots, chocolate fondue, and dried berries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of vanilla nuts and cedar bark
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Philly Steak Sandwich, Meatball Sandwich, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice fruity, easy going sipper.

The Producer

C. Mondavi Family Vineyards

The Producer
572 Gateway Drive
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-967-2200

Their Portfolio

88 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
82 CK Mondavi 2015 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
87 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
89 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
81 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
88 CK Mondavi 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
87 Flat Top Hills 2018 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $13.99.
85 Flat Top Hills 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.99% (USA) $13.50.
82 Flat Top Hills 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.