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Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sau 2010

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Sattes Purpur mit rubinem Rand. Amarenakirschen und getrocknete Pflaumen in der Amarone-Artigen Nase, Nussschokolade und Pain d’Epice dahinter. Kompakter Gaumenfluss mit pelzigen Tanninen und marmeladigem Extrakt, noch etwas Flaschenreife verlangend, fleischige Mitte, Blaubeeren und Wachholder, gute Balance zwischen Terroirwürze und Fruchtsüsse, pflaumig und viel Stoff bis ins mineralische Finale.

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La Famiglia di Robert Mondavi:
In 1989, inspired by their Italian heritage, the Robert Mondavi family began experimenting with California-grown Italian varietals. The result was La Famiglia; food friendly wines with the fruit expression of California vineyards. When Robert Mondavi Winery was sold to a publicly traded wine company based in New York, we saw an opportunity to acquire the unique La Famiglia brand. We reth... Read more
In 1989, inspired by their Italian heritage, the Robert Mondavi family began experimenting with California-grown Italian varietals. The result was La Famiglia; food friendly wines with the fruit expression of California vineyards. When Robert Mondavi Winery was sold to a publicly traded wine company based in New York, we saw an opportunity to acquire the unique La Famiglia brand. We rethought the brand from the ground up and set out to craft special wines. Seeking the best possible fruit sources for the two varietals, we eventually selected several eminent Russian River vineyards in Sonoma Valley for the Pinot Grigio and Snows Lake Vineyard in the Red Hills Lake County appellation for the Barbera. These unique first-class vineyards and small lot winemaking meant lower production levels as we dramatically reduced production from 18,000 cases a year to less than 3,000 cases a year. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sau

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,725
4.00 5
11/08/2013

Ripe and jammy on the nose with a nice base of well judged mocha, vanilla oak and a dusting of clove over soft, slightly minty black currant fruit. This is rather bright on entry with rich ripe prune and blackberry flavors supported by vibrant acidity, almost too vibrant in that it lends a citrus cast to the palate., though it does make this easy to drink. The ripeness eventually breaks through the acid barrier and the wood adds its weight on the backend before this fades on a modest, slightly dry and woody finish. Still it easy to drink and the freshness combined with the powerful fruit makes for an attractive package, though it tastes a bit like black currant jam on toast with cinnamon sugar. 89pts


Member Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sau

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,296
3.50 5
04/08/2014

More red than purple in the glass. Fairly big nose reporting oak and berry. Quite a big blast of berry fruit on introduction to the tongue, but it really does not take over. More earthy things happen as the wine passes over the tongue. Then there is a bit of woodiness at the back of the palate. Tannin and acid from the back of the palate and the tongue suggest more years of aging would be rewarded. US$34.79 at Costco in Chino Hills in 2013.


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,738
1.50 5
12/19/2012

Fairly mediocre cab with medium weight, fairly light tannins, some dark fruit on the front end and little finish.


Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
3.50 5
09/02/2012

nice nose of blackberries and red fruit....very elegant on the palatte with a nice bold finish....


Snooth User: 4DavesWine
85626987
0.00 5
09/18/2012

A nice balanced drinkable wine


Snooth User: andrewlevitt257
15789858
4.00 5
02/12/2013

Excellent, smoky and buttery.


Snooth User: ButtercupSherri
151309912
3.50 5
06/16/2014

A nicely balanced cab with a deep body that opens nicely with time.


External Reviews for Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sau

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

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 creme brulee.


External Review
02/01/2013

The elder son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi, Marc Mondavi was born in 1954 and caught the family winemaking bug early in life, holding his first official winery position at age 10.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/29/2013

Bright red-ruby. Reticent nose offers cassis, spices and chocolatey oak, plus a touch of minerality. A juicy, spicy midweight with good intensity and spicy/herbal lift to its cool cassis and blackberry flavors. Finishes with substantial fine tannins and very good length. Plenty of definition and energy here: this is excellent for a wine made in large volume. Lots of elegance in this Cabernet. It's dry, full bodied and rich in tannins, with a good depth of black currants and sweet, toasty oak. Won't age, but who cares: Pop the cork and drink it now. Graceful and elegant, with a chewy edge to the dried currant, red berry, mineral and cedar notes. Easy-drinking and pleasant. Drink now through 2016. 51,807 cases made. -JL


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Robert Mondavi often said that wine should be restrained - should whisper, not shout. In that tradition, we've created a Chardonnay of remarkable freshness and vibrant purity of fruit - tropical, lively citrus, fresh pear and honeydew melon - lifted by buoyant natural acidity. Well-integrated oak supports the assemblage of fruity flavors from the vineyard with hints of roasted hazelnut, crème brûlée and smoke followed by a long, creamy finish. - WineryVarietal composition:97% Chardonnay3% Sauvignon BlancTotal acid: 6.7 g/LFinal pH: 3.4Residual Sugar: 0.57 g/LAlcohol: 13.5% by volume


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
04/03/2013

A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet at its best: Remarkably rich and concentrated. Tantalizing entry - almost sweet with blackberry essence, it evolves into a plush, mouth filling compote of black fruit, beautifully integrated with woodsy and mineral notes, mocha, tobacco and clove. For all its volume the delivery is surprisingly fresh and supple, with a long, mocha-infused finish.


External Review
06/26/2013

Robert Mondavi's original vision was to produce wines from the Napa Valley that would stand in the company of the world's finest. These wines are sourced from the finest appellations in the Napa Valley including Oakville, Stags Leap, Carneros and other select vineyard sites.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/06/2013

Robert Mondavi’s juicy, dense purple-colored 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec. It offers lots of creme de cassis, Christmas fruitcake and spice notes as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, building incrementally to reveal abundant rich, cassis fruit, good acidity and sweet tannin. This beautiful Cabernet should drink well for two decades or more.


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Sattes Purpur mit rubinem Rand. Amarenakirschen und getrocknete Pflaumen in der Amarone-Artigen Nase, Nussschokolade und Pain d’Epice dahinter. Kompakter Gaumenfluss mit pelzigen Tanninen und marmeladigem Extrakt, noch etwas Flaschenreife verlangend, fleischige Mitte, Blaubeeren und Wachholder, gute Balance zwischen Terroirwürze und Fruchtsüsse, pflaumig und viel Stoff bis ins mineralische Finale.

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