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Mondavi Oakville Cabernet 2006
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.
Editorial Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet
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
Bright huge fruit with a little spice on the backend. The finish comes up a bit short, but overall highly enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
External Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Food Pairings for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet
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
444 Cases produced.
Notes: aged in medium-toast French oak barrels (15% new)
|Total Acidity: 0.66 grams per liter|
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