I don't know who Robert Mondavi is, but he certainly mixes a good drop o' merlot. Today we're looking (initially) at a 2003 merlot that poses the question: "The Perfect Toast?"
Aging in small oak barrels gives wines softer, more developed flavors [sic] with nuances of toasty oak. We handcraft our Merlot with this traditional method to marry the wine's velvety blackberry, plum and violet flavors [sic] with spicy, toasty oak, creating a soft red wine with a lingering finish. So whateer your "toast" or meal, enjoy it with our flavorful [sic] Merlot.
Small oak barrels my arse. When a wine is as smooth as this all you need to put on the label is: "Red wine. Does not hurt to drink." As for a 'violet' flavour, I'm listening to some french album that sounds bacony. Please. Much like good reggae, it's inoffensive yet lacks distinction.
Norm has nothing to add.