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Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet 2008

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Fresh and youthful with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Aromas of zesty citrus and green apple mingle with a hint of coconut and subtle oak. Richly layered flavors unfold in the mouth: lemon, green apple, pear, pineapple and crme brulee.

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Robert Mondavi Winery:
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres und... Read more
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres under vine. The Robert Mondavi Winery also includes the Wappo Hill Vineyard, which is a 400 acre plot in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Within a year of its inception, the Robert Mondavi Winery proved to be a true pioneer, not only with the establishment of his winery but also by introducing and popularizing the use of French oak barrels for wine, European wine techniques, and the bottling of varietal wines. Robert Mondavi Winery only uses French Oak barrels for storing wine, and his influence and success led to the practice’s prevalence. Among Mondavi’s greatest successes one would have to count the creation of the Fume Blanc moniker for Sauvignon Blanc as well as the introduction of his benchmark Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet. Today Robert Mondavi’s legacy is carried on under the watchful eye of his wife who works with the current winemakers Genevieve Janssens, Gustavo Gonzalez, and Richard Arnold to ensure that today’s Robert Mondavi wines deliver the elegance, appeal, and character that Robert had intended. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,726
3.50 5
12/17/2012

Ripe and full on the nose with cocoa and mocha top notes. Plenty of gently leafy black currant fruit and a touch of pickle barrel oak. Entering the mouth with a tea-like complexity, this is a touch soft and amply endowed with tannins but at the same time it delivers notable complexity with those tea-like tannins. Plenty of spice from the oak, fairly fresh red cherry, plum and blackberry fruit and a hint of eucalyptus on the back end and through the fairly long and spicy finish that end with some medicinal black cherry notes. Not my style, but this should prove to be very popular with the more is better crowd. 88pts


Member Reviews for Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet

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Snooth User: Matt W
639143150
4.00 5
02/16/2011

Tropical fruit, not too oaky. Fresh with just a touch of creaminess. Nothing overdone.


Snooth User: jeff burt
100906099
3.00 5
03/05/2012

Ok


Snooth User: jcottrell
63891747
0.00 5
12/22/2014

Deep fruity wine, solid napa cab. Enjoyed by both Carolyn and I


4.50 5
01/17/2012

simply loved this wine. Guess it can easily stay in my cellar for another 5 years. Right?


4.00 5
01/17/2012

I guess, I already reviewed this, but can not find my old comment. Loved it, but not brilliant.


Snooth User: clinthoang
91288443
4.00 5
08/13/2011

Smooth


Snooth User: ohbuck9
17903041
3.50 5
01/22/2010

The wine was flavorful. It seemed as if another year or two would be best.


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External Reviews for Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet

External Review
01/03/2012

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville reveals more licorice, spice, box, cedar, black cherries, and black currants in its complex, moderately intense aromatics. Full-bodied with outstanding concentration and moderate tannin, it displays the potential to improve for a decade, and last for 15ndash;20 years thereafter.


External Review
01/03/2012

Good deep ruby-red. Wild blueberry, coffee and menthol on the nose. Deeper and chewier than the Stags Leap bottling, with dense, concentrated flavors of cassis and chocolate. Finishes with substantial but fine-grained tannins and lingering flavors of crushed currant and chocolatey oak.


External Review
01/03/2012

Good ruby-red. Blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha, tobacco, menthol and loam on the nose. Smooth and broad in the mouth, with sweet currant, tobacco and loam flavors framed by ripe acidity. Finishes with fine tannins and noteworthy sweetness of fruit.


External Review
01/03/2012

Medium ruby-red. Currant, tobacco and menthol on the nose: classic Oakville cabernet. Then broad, lush and sweet, with very ripe flavors of plum, currant, chocolate and tobacco nicely lifted by minerality. Finishes broad, with huge but ripe tannins and noteworthy length. I find this fresher and less extreme than the Stagrsquo;s Leap bottling.


External Review
01/03/2012

Ratcheting up the level of concentration, structure, and intensity is the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville. It offers a dense ruby/purple color as well as a perfume of creme de cassis, charcoal, smoky wood, spice box, and black tea. This medium to full-bodied, tightly-knit, moderately tannic Cabernet possesses a sweet mid-palate, and beautiful purity, texture, and depth. It should be at its finest between 2007ndash;2020.


External Review
01/03/2012

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/purple-tinged color, and a crisp elegant style with cedar, spice box, black currant, and Chinese black tea. It is medium-bodied, rather tightly knit, and slightly austere, but with a satisfying finish. It should drink well for 10ndash;15 years.


External Review
01/03/2012

Good full ruby-red. Blackcurrant, graphite and nutty oak on the rather reticent nose. Broader but less sweet than the SLD version; less high-pitched and a bit more muscular in style. Therersquo;s plenty of power and fullness here, but today the tannins are a bit obvious. Itrsquo;s not the first time that the Stagrsquo;s Leap bottling has appeared to be more successful in a cooler vintage.


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Tasting Notes:

This vivid and crisp Chardonnay draws orchard aromas of fresh Bosc pears and Gala apples against a backdrop of fleshy stone fruits and pineapple. A stripe of exotic spices, including notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, gives way to subtle aromas of panna cotta and warm hazelnuts. Persistent on the palate, this wine gracefully balances the toast of its well-integrated oak with bright fresh fruit flavors for a round, lingering finish that is typical of the Carneros terroir.

Fresh and youthful with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Aromas of zesty citrus and green apple mingle with a hint of coconut and subtle oak. Richly layered flavors unfold in the mouth: lemon, green apple, pear, pineapple and crme brulee.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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