Mondavi Reserve To-Kalon Cabernet 1998
Hand-harvested into small bins • Hand-sorted on tables in To Kalon Fermentation Cellar • Gravity-flow movement of must and wine • Fermented in traditional oak tanks and gently pressed in a traditional basket press • 35 days extended skin contact (maceration) for softening of tannins • 18 months (539 days) aging in French oak château barrels, 75% new French oak barrels Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Aroma: In the nose, ripe black fruit aromas merge with hints of cedar, black licorice and a pinch of nutmeg and clove. Appearance: The wine’s deep, dark color signals the density of its flavors and opulent texture. Tasting Notes: In the mouth, the wine has a silky entry. Dense, fleshy flavors of blackberry, black plum and cassis envelop the mid-palate, enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. The rich finish lasts forever. A freshly youthful wine with the confident authority that comes from excellent vineyard sources and superlative winemaking.
The oldest wine I have ever had (for what its worth). It was a special, go out on a limb, bottle for my husband's 30th birthday. The reviews were mixed, as it may have been past its prime, and that 1998 was an odd year for Napa. The verdict: My husband loved it, and thats what counts. Me? The first sips were a little shock to the palate, a little overwhelmed with tannins. But as a drank more, the undertones of the wine came to the front. I loved the black cherry/dark fruit mixed in with a little smokiness (or was it oaky-ness?) Either way, A solid wine for those wanting to go outside their comfort zone.
Decanted 30 min. A bit green, as expected from this vintage. Not a lot of flavor. Thin fruit, and not very enjoyable. Not a fan of the 1998 vintage Napa wines. Vacuum sealed and will try again tomorrow.Day 2: Much more fruit evident both on the nose and palate. Some earthiness coming through, but still not anything special. A disappointing vintage from this consistently spectacular winery.
Oaky, smooth, great after-taste, my wife loved it even though she's not a red wine (or wine for that matter) drinker
External Reviews for Mondavi Reserve To-Kalon Cabernet
A mix of weedy herbal, dill and spicy oak scents with medium-bodied cherry and bell pepper. Elegant and drinking well.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml
Wine Spectator ReviewSeductive and stylish up front, with pretty, supple, coffee, currant, anise and sage notes, but you keep hoping for a little more focus. Finishes with a thick, chewy wall of dry tannins. Best from 2002 through 2008.
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is evolved. A plum/ruby color is followed by aromas of toasty oak, tobacco, black currants, smoke, and spice box. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, with excellent fruit on the attack, some real charm and roundness, but the finish is filled with astringent tannin. If this wine continues to hold its fruit, it is going to be a Bordeaux-styled, medium-weight Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 12-14 years. However, the tannin will need to be monitored because this particular wine could possibly dry out.
Ruby-red. Redcurrant, lead pencil, nuts and fresh herbs on the nose. Supple, ripe and sweet, with lovely texture and suave tannins for the vintage. ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml
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Rich layers of cassis, boysenberry and black cherry slowly unfold in our Robert Mondavi 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Intriguing nuances of spice, cedar forest and licorice heighten the wine's complexity. The excellent structure, with broad, muscular tannins and a long, velvety finish, promises even greater development with bottle aging for 15 or more years.
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
Notes: 85% New French Oak Barrels
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