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Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet 2009

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 750ml

Region: USA » California » Napa County » Oakville

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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
89065231,038
2.50 5
12/11/2012

A touch dull on the nose with aromas of dried dates, apricots and a little vanilla and spice. This is polished and smooth, with some nice tannins and decent acidity, there's even some nice black currant, plum, and chocolate pudding flavors here, but they are very subtle. The fruit pops a bit with some strawberry notes on the back end, along with subtle herb notes, but this sort of evaporates on the finish. Nothing wrong here, this will offend no one but at the same time there is little to set it apart other than the price. 80pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,038
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 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


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Snooth User: EMark
8478049,576
3.50 5
09/23/2012

Quite dark in the glass. Big, oaky, volatile nose. Quite pleasant on the tip of the tongue--some berry, cassis fruit, but not overwhelming. As the wine moves over the palate the tannins become apparent creating the obvious puckery sensation, but also some hint of cinnamon or mint. Noticeable oak on the back of the throat..


Snooth User: glennbar66
8008544
4.00 5
03/18/2011

This cab is wonderful, smooth and velvety with rich taste. I highly recommend this wine, by far one of the best cab's out there.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
12/14/2011

Fruity tooty! Just how I like it...great boysenberry and blackberry notes with hints of black pepper on the finish. Smooth Sally...


Snooth User: ksilman
51976650
3.00 5
04/19/2011

I am more of a white wine fan so I do not enjoy this wine by itself. However, it makes a great tasting sangria!!

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Snooth User: Bombo52
75601830
3.00 5
02/05/2011

I like this Merlot. A good wine for the price.


Snooth User: qaoreta
115390510
4.00 5
10/28/2012

Delicious. Oaky. Heavy. Drank At Marriott Ko Olina


Snooth User: Bombo52
75601830
3.50 5
02/05/2011

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet

External Review
11/19/2013

Pale bright yellow. Yellow peach, pineapple and a whiff of butter on the nose. Firm acidity and a hint of minerality leaven the sweetness of this wine’s peach and yellow plum flavors. Head winemaker Genevieve Janssens describes the 2009s as “fresh wines with very good acidity, from a cool summer.”


External Review
11/14/2013

The 2009 Chardonnay is an attractive, mid-weight wine with good depth and plenty of varietal character. This won’t win any awards for complexity or excitement, but it is well made and very reasonably priced. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2015.


External Review
11/14/2013

Marked by a citrus-infused mix of apple and pear flavors. This medium- to full-bodied white is clean and vibrant. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
03/26/2013

This is a fairly ordinary Merlot. It’s dry and pleasantly oaked, with some modest cherry and spice flavors. Yet it’s a bit off in texture, with jagged tannins.


External Review
04/18/2013

Textbook Napa Cab. It’s dry, smoothly tannic and subtle, with blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate flavors nicely intrigued with herbs, tobacco and cedar. Just delicious now and for the next few years.


External Review
04/18/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is an attractive wine laced with dark red berries, flowers, spices and crushed flowers. This mid-weight, gracious wine won’t set the world on fire, but it is an excellent choice for informal drinking and restaurants, where it should be enjoyed over the next few years. Red currants, raspberries, flowers and spices are some of the notes that are layered into the pretty finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2016.


External Review
10/29/2012

Firm and focused, offering a pleasing mix of dried currant, mint, tobacco, cedar and anise. Another solid but not great Mondavi Napa Valley bottling. Drink now through 2020.


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Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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