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Constellation Wines Us Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 05 1996

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 1996 Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the great climate and soils that surround our winery in the geographic center of Napa Valley. Complex and muscular, this wine captures the unique characteristics of the region with deep layers of cassis and wild berries interwoven with nuances of cedar, vanillin and spice. The Oakville District has been the cradle of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons for over 120 years.

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

External Reviews for Constellation Wines Us Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 05

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to a sumptuous nose of graphite, blackberries, creme de cassis, cedar, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied with a seamless integration of acidity, wood, and tannin, this long, rich, impressively-endowed, stunning Cabernet will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age, and should age for two decades. I suppose it will always be difficult to comprehend that this winery is no longer being run by Robert Mondavi and his sons, Tim and Michael. However, their legacy of quality and their contribution to the appreciation of fine wine in the United States is irrefutable. These offerings, made by Tim Mondavi and his staff, are very impressive.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Good saturated ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of currant, black cherry, espresso, milk chocolate and flowers; a real essence of Napa Valley cabernet. Enters the palate like silk, then builds slowly toward the back, offering a lovely light touch and plenty of inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with substantial but very fine tannins that reach the incisors, and lingering perfume.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The rich and intense 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a saturated ruby/purple color and is sweet and dark, with a complex nose of creme de cassis, blackberry, subtle oak, and smoke. It is medium to full-bodied and seems richer, fuller, and more intense than the 2004, but again reminds me of a St.-Julien made in Napa.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The finest Private Reserve since the 1991, 1990, and 1987, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is extraordinary. There are 8,000 cases of the blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and small dollops of Merlot as well as Petit Verdot. A perfume of smoke, camphor, creme de cassis, cedar, and fruitcake is accompanied by a gentle giant of a wine. Powerful and impeccably balanced, with outstanding concentration, well-integrated wood, acidity, and tannin, and a long, nearly 60-second finish, this saturated ruby-purple-hued effort is a prodigious example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: now-2020+.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The stylish, elegant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (8,300 cases of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is not as dense as either the M-Bar or Vine Hill Ranch cuvee, but it offers a beautiful marriage of power and elegance. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and dried herb aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Private Reserve, which is somewhat reminiscent of Mondavi's 1978. It's all about harmony, balance, and finesse in 2002. Drink it over the next 15+ years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Contains 67% To-Kalon Vineyard fruit. Still a baby. Closed, brooding, very deep, very dry. Fabulous cassis fruit, a huge wine. Lots of delicious, sweet new oak. Superbly balanced, impressive. Drinkable now, but best 2010-2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This flagship wine shows impeccable balance and finesse. It's well put together, as the couture people say, and drips with lavish, minty French oak. Soft tannins add interest as well as ageability. The wine is not lavishly fruity; instead, the flavors are consciously restrained and subtle. Very high quality, and worth holding through 2010


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Our 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has opulent layers of cassis, blackberry, spice and hazelnut, with exceptionally elegant tannins. Filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms, accompanied with a gratin of potatoes with white truffle oil, is a one of many delicious pairing for this velvety win

Our 1996 Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the great climate and soils that surround our winery in the geographic center of Napa Valley. Complex and muscular, this wine captures the unique characteristics of the region with deep layers of cassis and wild berries interwoven with nuances of cedar, vanillin and spice. The Oakville District has been the cradle of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons for over 120 years.

Notes: 100% new French chateau barrels


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