Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Proves Everything Tastes Better From a Bourbon Barrel

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Robert Mondavi

You like your bourbon. You like your red wine. But Cabernet and bourbon… together? Yup, I was skeptical too. So skeptical, in fact, that when I got my hands on a bottle of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, I was bracing myself for a saccharine sangria muddled with a funky, sour mash aftertaste. Instead, I was met with a bold red that balanced cab's typically intense fruitiness nicely with toasty oak and vanilla notes.

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Quickly gaining traction on the 2016 wine landscape, bourbon-barrel-aging wine is a mashup of Kentucky and California we can get behind. To make the wine, the folks at Mondavi use charred American oak barrels from a Kentucky distillery and age a portion of the wine (that's already been aged) for an additional three months. The result? Proof that wine and spirits can live happily ever after and an excuse to beeline immediately to the grocery store to pick up any necessary provisions for baby back ribs.

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