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Mondavi Oakville Cabernet 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensely fragrant with aromas of crème de cassis, graphite and notes of lavender and bay. Rich flavors of blackberry and huckleberry merge with earthiness and minerality. Tannins are generous and well-developed, firm yet sweet. A powerful wine with elegance and grace. Napa Valley's 2006 vintage began with a wet winter that extended into spring, delivering more than twice the average rainfall for March and nearly four times the April average. The precipitation delayed bloom, but once the skies cleared, the vines had good fruit set and progressed slowly and steadily through slightly warmer than usual June weather. In July, a brief hot spell of four consecutive days over 100-degrees had the effect of putting the vines "on hold" before ripening continued when mild weather returned in August. Lower temperatures extended through September and October, with some fog and cloudy days. Overall, the 2006 growing season was significantly cooler than average, and harvest began generally later. Grapes for this wine were picked October 12-27. All the fruit was in the winery before light rains fell in early November. Crop levels for 2006 were average and thanks to the long hang time, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, quality was excellent.

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 Oakville Cabernet

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
3.50 5
02/15/2010

Young notes on the nose recall coffee cream with a buttery edge over jammy red fruits with hints of herb, leather and a touch of medicinal, cola syrup. On the palater this is balanced with prominent acidity and emerging floral inner mouth perfume. It’s a bit tight on the mid-palate with good extract and a chewy feel, yet this is not particularly rich feeling. There’s a bit of vanilla that peaks out on the moderate finish, which is balanced by notes of chocolate, tobacco and cassis fruit. This may very well improve with age as almost every Mondavi Reserve has, but I have some doubts about where this is headed. 88pts


Member Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet

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Snooth User: solomania9
63312,960
3.00 5
07/03/2009

Bright huge fruit with a little spice on the backend. The finish comes up a bit short, but overall highly enjoyable.


Snooth User: icmusiclovers
34302115
3.50 5
06/05/2009

This is one of the most drinkable cabs I have had to date. Tastes of plums and dark cherry combine with spice to form a smooth and powerful finish. The oak is there, but only adds another dimension and is not an overwhelming presence. Unlike other cabs that I've had, this is not overpowering nor does it leave a persistent and unpleasant aftertaste.


Snooth User: EMark
8478049,258
3.00 5
07/26/2013

Sweet, slightly oaky, "aged wine" aromas on the nose. Serious blackberry/cassis fruit on the tip of the tongue. Quite mouth filling. Good tannic structure does a good job of overtaking the fruitiness. Some tobacco or leather on the back of the palate. US$17.47 at Total Wines in 2010.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,576
4.00 5
04/29/2010

The nose is fresh, ripe blackberry and Devonshire cream - a scent sustained as taste upon entry with Columbian coffee and a pinch of wildflower honey. The finish is long and satisfying, with excellent depth. Well made and now reaching maturity. Tasted at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival.


Snooth User: JonDerry
6804464,427
3.00 5
12/21/2010

Very nice classic napa cab perfume nose of dark berries, plum, & cassis. On the mid-palate it still feels very young, and not yet ready to express itself. Medium bodied, percolating and dry persistent finish. Cannot recommend at the price, but for those who have inventory i'd be holding for a couple of years at least.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,704
1.50 5
01/10/2010

this wine suffers from an identity crisis. Who am I? Why was I put here? to confuse reviewers? to taste like an overworked nightmare? Drink it very cold to hide all the flaws. Perhaps it is over the hill?


Snooth User: Philip James
112,553
2.50 5
05/19/2008

Lots of crisp apple, its nice and acidic - surprisingly so for a chardonnay. There's some fresh oak in the nose and a lot of it on the back end, but this isnt a buttery wine. Some spice on the finish. Its decent, good value really.


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External Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet

11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Although we do have a small quibble with this wine's undisguised bias to ripeness and the slight heat that necessarily comes with the style, we are so taken with its richness and depth that its sins are not hard to forgive. Rife with dark cherries, sweet plums, cocoa and sweet cream, it is both full and refined at one and the same time and shows a nice sense layering even if young. Yes, it warms up a bit at the end, but its fruit stays the course, and, while dried by a bit of last-minute tannins, it needs no more then three or four years to round into fine shape.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


External Review
11/25/2009

RP: 90 Points


External Review
05/18/2011

A firm, tight, tannic baseline forms the foundation for this intense, rich and concentrated wine, with a mix of currant, cedar, sage, and dusty berry. Well-balanced, with chewy tannins, it's an elegant, well-crafted wine. Best from 2004 through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
05/18/2011

Good ruby-red. Black cherry, cassis, chocolate and brown spices on the nose. Sweet and lush on the palate, but with good lift to the currant, tobacco and cola flavors. Sweeter and finer-grained than the 2003 example, with underlying minerality and firm tannins giving shape to the wine.


External Review
09/19/2011

The personality here is in the direction of Chianti Classico, which not only sets the wine apart from the general run of merlot, but suggests a Tuscan feast built around the likes of white bean salad and grilled birds. Drink in the near term.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/28/2010

Our Merlot is all about fruit expression. Enticing aromas and silky smooth flavors brim with velvety plum and black cherry character, with soft spice nuances. This rich fruit character comes from grapes grown in Californias Central Coast vineyards,


External Review
05/18/2011

Emerging from some distinct, slightly bitter, herb and tar notes is an interesting core of smoky, toasty oak, plush currant, tea, sage and mineral flavors. Tempting now, but worthy of cellaring into 1999.


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Tasting Notes:

Hints of bay leaf, forest floor and cedar. Fleshy blueberry and blackberry flavors lay atop a skeleton of well-structured tannins. A silky wine that envelops the mouth and ends with a lengthy finish. Aromas of ripe wild berries carry hints of bay leaf, forest floor and cedar. Fleshy blueberry and blackberry flavors lay atop a skeleton of well-structured tannins. A silky wine that envelops the mouth and ends with a lengthy finish

Intensely fragrant with aromas of crème de cassis, graphite and notes of lavender and bay. Rich flavors of blackberry and huckleberry merge with earthiness and minerality. Tannins are generous and well-developed, firm yet sweet. A powerful wine with elegance and grace. Napa Valley's 2006 vintage began with a wet winter that extended into spring, delivering more than twice the average rainfall for March and nearly four times the April average. The precipitation delayed bloom, but once the skies cleared, the vines had good fruit set and progressed slowly and steadily through slightly warmer than usual June weather. In July, a brief hot spell of four consecutive days over 100-degrees had the effect of putting the vines "on hold" before ripening continued when mild weather returned in August. Lower temperatures extended through September and October, with some fog and cloudy days. Overall, the 2006 growing season was significantly cooler than average, and harvest began generally later. Grapes for this wine were picked October 12-27. All the fruit was in the winery before light rains fell in early November. Crop levels for 2006 were average and thanks to the long hang time, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, quality was excellent.

444 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: aged in medium-toast French oak barrels (15% new)

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.66 grams per liter

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