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Constellation Wines Us Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 05 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

88 points Wine Spectator: Tight and flinty, with zingy acidity and a tight mix of citrus, green apple and honeydew melon. Full-bodied, elegant and stylish. Should benefit from cellaring. Drink now through 2012. (12/31/08)

Blackstone:
Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find ... Read more
Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find the region’s signature style blended into every bottle. As a grape-growing region, Sonoma County is like no other place on earth. With redwood forests, benchlands, hillsides, and nearly 80 miles of majestic coastline, Sonoma offers a wide variety of microclimates, soils, and terrain. This uniquely diverse region supports several different grape varieties but is best known for its lush Merlots and full-bodied Cabernets. Sonoma County is a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) made up of thirteen distinctly different World-Class wine growing appellations. Each appellation and each vineyard within that appellation contributes something special - it is from this vibrant flavor palate that complex, expressive wines emerge. At Blackstone, we find Sonoma County inspiring. Each different AVA contributes something unique and special to the final blend. Our Sonoma Reserve wines, in particular, exemplify Sonoma’s signature style, and help set the standard carried through to our Winemaker’s Select wines. “Sonoma County is one of the most amazing places in the world to live and make wine,” observes Winemaker Gary Sitton. “There’s no place like it. The immense diversity—from the coastline to the mountains, valleys, and rivers—still leaves me in awe. For me, tapping into this range of growing conditions is fundamental to making beautifully expressive wines from Sonoma County.” From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America’s favorite Merlot. Over the years, the same passion for consistent, balanced wines has expanded to new varieties bearing Blackstone’s trademark label. Our Winemaker’s Select wines are sourced from premier growing regions throughout California, each meticulously selected to contribute certain nuances to the final blend. Drawing from the best parcels in the same areas year after year ensures Winemaker’s Select wines maintain the consistency that is Blackstone’s heritage. Our signature style and quality is elevated in our Sonoma Reserve wines, which are sourced from Sonoma’s world-class vineyards. Each vineyard site contributes distinct characteristics that uniquely define the region. Through it all, Blackstone has stayed true to the approach inspired by our Sonoma roots - to craft wines that complement food and any occasion in which you celebrate the things in life you can count on. Tasting Room Hours: Every day: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Constellation Wines Us Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 05

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.00 5
10/09/2012

This is quite oaky on the nose with tea, black spice and sweet vanilla aromas over some soft prune fruit. Rather large-scaled in the mouth with a soft, rich and creamy texture and some obvious alcohol on the palate. The mid-palate shows a lot of wood tannins. Creamy caramel and dried ginger accents to the cranberry and red cherry fruit pick up some mint on the modest, drying finish. 84pts


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
08/12/2009

For a bargain chardonnay, this is a great, crisp wine with apples and almost a hint of cinnamon with great montrachet-like buttery toasty oak. Not great depth, but a tasty wine for the price. Try it! 8/12/09


Snooth User: gr
63391,072
2.50 5
04/12/2009

I'm not a big fan (or connoisseur) of chardonnay, but this is perfectly drinkable one with a hint of dry grass on the nose.


Snooth User: jdot
74799136
3.50 5
08/29/2008

Good, drinkable, relatively cheap wine. Great for a light dinner on a warm summer night.

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  • Snooth User: Dennis Lim
    6022641,396
    3.50 5
    12/28/2014

    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Nice balance of oak and spice


    Snooth User: GoinGray
    737701,347
    3.00 5
    10/07/2009

    Scent is a bit earthy, with smoky licorice. Smooth start, smoky cherry with a tangy finish.


    Snooth User: rar8888
    1580261,286
    4.00 5
    07/22/2011

    Very nice bottle for the price. Everything you expect from a great year at Napa and a great producer.


    Snooth User: rar8888
    1580261,286
    4.50 5
    07/22/2011

    I was able to pick this bottle up for $22 and I should have bought a case!!! Great bottle filled with classic Napa tones of blackberry and toasty vanilla.


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    External Reviews for Constellation Wines Us Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 05

    11/12/2010

    Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Sweet oak, hints of dark coffee and a dusting of cocoa overlie solid, ripe-cherry fruit first in the focused aromas and then again in the medium-deep flavors of this solidly varietal offering. While the label's claim of 16% alcohol raises some real apprehension, we must admit to finding little heat here and applaud the wine's surprising sense balance. The wine is neither soft nor overdone, and it is in fact slightly restrained and just firm enough to argue for few further years of age.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


    11/12/2010

    Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. This oak-influenced effort starts out quite happily with very rich aromas redolent of apples, toast and sweet cream, and, while it initially impresses as a big, well-ripened wine, it surprises a bit by being fairly firm and less outgoing in the mouth. It tastes of green apples and citrus and keeps its oak nicely in check, and it should expand and show more complexity if it is allowed to rest quietly for at least a year or two.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


    11/12/2010

    Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. More attractive in nose than mouth, this wine starts with aromas of green apples, roasted grains, stones and tart citrus, delivered at low volume but decently focused nonetheless. A slightly round start on the palate fails to lead to like-minded flavors, however, and a shortened finish ensues. The world has every right to expect more from Mondavi in a great vintage.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


    11/12/2010

    Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. There are elements of an ambitious wine here, yet for all of its size, its obvious oak and its amplified ripeness, this one is a bit of a plain Jane when it comes to clear Cabernet fruit and gives up to dry tannins and overt heat without ever expressing much in the way of varietal soul.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


    07/05/2011

    "Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Sweet oak


    07/05/2011

    "Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. There are elements of an ambitious wine here


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    Currants, plum, leather, smoke and earth aromas along with hints of tobacco and eucalyptus. Could use a bit more flesh and depth of flavor but shows good spicy intensity. Finishes with slightly drying tannins.


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    Meyer lemon and honeysuckle mingling with a hint of clove and toasty oak. Elevated flavors of juicy Gala apple, lemon, a lick of crème brulee and a tinge of minerality echo on the palate, evolving into a long, toasty finish. A hugely flavorful, weighty wine whose subtle acids keep it lithe and lively.

    88 points Wine Spectator: Tight and flinty, with zingy acidity and a tight mix of citrus, green apple and honeydew melon. Full-bodied, elegant and stylish. Should benefit from cellaring. Drink now through 2012. (12/31/08)

    Closure: Cork

    Notes: 100% barrel-fermented (47% in new oak)

    Wine Specs:

    Total Acidity: 0.70 grams per liter

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