Wine Review: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend NV

Reviewer’s Note: Sample of the product discussed here was provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.

A bottle of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend
Image credit: Anthony Beal

I was offered the recent opportunity to taste a limited-edition wine from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Given that this offer contained terms for which I hold considerable affection, (“limited-edition” and “wine,” not necessarily in that order) I was happy to accept.

Inspired by the changing of the seasons and released in celebration of the winemaking harvest and holiday season, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend, is available at major retailers as of October 1, 2015.

“At Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, we strive to craft great quality wines to share with family and friends,” says Todd Ziemann, Director of Winemaking, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. “True to our winemaking style, the Harvest Spiced Red Blend is an easy-drinking red blend that can bring people together for celebrations big and small – it’s the perfect pairing for seasonal dishes and holiday traditions.”

Having sampled this Cabernet Saugivnon-led blend for myself, I found its aroma to be clean and evocative of red, cooked fruit and baking spice. Think cherry and raspberry preserves, edged with the sweetness of vanilla and the exotic punch of clove and nutmeg. These aromatics manifest on the palate with a jam-filled roundness well-suited to sipping as is, or to adding mulling spices like cinnamon sticks and orange peel, and serving it by the steaming mugful. A medium-bodied red, this wine tastes like holiday festivity, and seems perfect for enjoying at gatherings of family and friends.

Boasting a collectible harvest-themed label design, the limited-release blend combines the best flavors of the season into quite an enjoyable product. Suitable for  pairing with spicy foods and soft cheeses or enjoying on its own, the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend makes a welcome new holiday tradition for 2015.

Bearing that in mind, I’m pleased to share the following two recipes that makes excellent use of this flavorful wine, courtesy of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Retail: $5.99-$7.99


Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 750 mL bottles Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, sliced into 5 rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into 5 rounds
  • Seeds from 1/2 medium pomegranate

Directions:

  1. Combine wine, orange liqueur, orange juice, pomegranate juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks in a large punch bowl. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours
  2. Just before serving, add orange and lemon slices, and sprinkle pomegranate seeds over top
  3. Serve over ice, and enjoy!

Woodbridge Harvest Spiced Mulled Wine Cookies

(*Recommended paired with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend to complement the flavors)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sugar Coating:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed for at least one minute, or until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend and vanilla extract. Continue to beat together until fully incorporated
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt
  4. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Be sure to fully incorporate all dry ingredients into the wet ingredients before continuing to add dry ingredients
  5. Roll 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball, then roll each ball in the sugar coating mixture. Place coated dough balls onto the lined baking sheets and bake for 10-13 minutes
  6. Remove cookies from the oven when they are lightly golden around their edges. Immediately upon removing, lightly press down on each cookie with the back of a spatula to flatten. Allow cookies to cool on the sheet for several minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days
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