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Mondavi Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2004
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 Deep, dark color signals the wine’s depth of flavor and opulent texture. Aromas of black fruits and hints of cedar, black licorice and spicy nutmeg and clove lead to dense flavors of blackberry and black plum enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. Polished yet powerful 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District
Great wine! Intensely concentrated nose of stewed dark berries with big toasty notes. It's an oakey, ripe fruit wine. Follows suit on the palate. Great ripe concentrated fruit and laced throughout with nice oak and hints of vanilla. Drinking very well right now and might even continue to evolve for some time. I intend to get more.
No detailed notes but second time with this bottle and once again I'm very impressed. Once of the best values in cali cabernet. Very classy, black currants and floral perfume. The palate was elegant and smooth with a long finish. I wish I had more or at least the time to have really sat with this to get a better tasting note. I was too happy drinking this wine and admiring its elegance.
Sweet rich plum nose, well integrated tannins, strong notes of licorice on finish.
A lot a fruit for the money. Ripe fruit nose with a hint of tobacco. Good balance with peppery finish.
Wow, a wonderfully powerful little gem. Velevety start, and a little delicate but a strong finish tells me this wine will be awesome in 5 years.
Great nose. Very robust. First taste is smooth yet bold enough to linger. Nice tannin bite on the tongue, but not overpowering. Aftertaste is present and stays with you for a few moments. A smooth, satisfying cab.
This guy is a brute at Christmas 2009. Huge tannin and alcohol listed at 15%. Probably will soften with bottle age but will also lose fruit. Match with big cheeses or meats with fat content (prime rib, rib eye steak, lamb chops).
External Reviews for Mondavi Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Wine
Undurchlässiges Purpur mit schwarzer Mitte. Pralinen und Baumnussgebäck in der pflaumigen Nase, Korinthen, schwarzer Holunder und reife Brombeeren, an grossen Bordeaux erinnernd. Stoffiger Auftakt mit fleischigem Extrakt und kompakten Tanninen, gute Balance zwischen blaubeeriger Fruchtsüsse und fleischigem Gaumendruck, wieder viel Brombeeren und Pflaumen, elegantes Kaffeetoasting und Kandis bis ins lange Finale.
Another wonderful release from the Robert Mondavi winery. This vintage exhibits a deep purple color with notes of cedar, blackberry, and creme de cassis. Cool early autumn nights contributed to a well-balanced acidity. Will age for two decades.
Number 9 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007! 95 Points, Wine Spectator - "Weaves together a complex array of ripe, rich currant, anise, smoky oak and black cherry. Dense, concentrated and persistent, with great depth and focus, ending with an amazingly long, richly flavored finish. Best from 2008 through 2018." 92 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate - "A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which mostly comes from To-Kalon, has a relatively small production in this vintage (7,500 cases). The wine has a dense purple color and a wonderful, sweet, almost St.-Julien like nose of licorice, red and black currants, cedar, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, but authoritatively flavored, this wine is still young, rich, and very fine."
Wine Spectator ReviewWeaves together a complex array of ripe, rich currant, anise, smoky oak and black cherry. Dense, concentrated and persistent, with great depth and focus, ending with an amazingly long, richly flavored finish. Best from 2008 through 2018.Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ReviewRated93Bright ruby-red. Complex, sweet nose combines black cherry, blackcurrant, gravel, licorice and graphite. Silky, minerally and sweet, with terrific intensity and thrust, not to mention inner-mouth energy. Finishes with a firm spine of ripe tannins and very persistent, mouthcoating fruits and minerals. This is a full 15.3% alcohol but I never would have guessed it. Interestingly, associate winemaker Gonzalez told me he particularly likes the power of the 2003 reds here, "especially in their youth." But this has real verve.Wine Advocate ReviewRated 92A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which mostly comes from To-Kalon, has a relatively small production in this vintage (7,500 cases). The wine has a dense purple color and a wonderful, sweet, almost St.-Julien like nose of licorice, red and black currants, cedar, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, but authoritatively flavored, this wine is still young, rich, and very fine.Wine Tasting NotesRobert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boldly expresses our finest Napa Valley vineyards with deep, opulent black cherry and cassis character. Dark chocolate, sweet anise seed and aromatic bay leaf add complexity to the intense layers of sweet dark fruit. The wine combines power and elegance, with muscular tannins supporting the beautifully articulated Cabernet flavors. Aging in new French oak chateau barrels laced oak spices through the expansive, velvety flavors and sweet fruit on the lingering finish.
From one of California's best-known wineries comes this supple, complex and harmonious reserve bottling, sporting a broad range of currant, anise, coffee, cedar and spice flavors, picking up light toasty oak notes and finishing with a smooth texture. Delicious now, but it's worthy of cellaring, too.
Superripe, almost port-like aromas of roasted plum, cassis, mint and smoky oak. Offers wonderful sweetness and richness in the mouth. Very long on the back end; the substantial tannins become apparent quite late and cover more of the palate. This wine's suave finish makes the above Cabernet seem almost rustic in comparison. An impressive '96.
Mondavi's flagship red was stunning in 1994, securing the No. 5 slot in last year's Top 100. This is a worthy successor, displaying the Mondavi signature of dense, rich fruit while maintaining a tremendous sense of elegance and finesse.
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