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Mondavi Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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

Member Reviews for Mondavi Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
03/03/2010

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.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549180,582
4.00 5
05/08/2010

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.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
10/12/2007

Sweet rich plum nose, well integrated tannins, strong notes of licorice on finish.


Snooth User: cesarhdez
188376241
3.00 5
10/09/2009

A lot a fruit for the money. Ripe fruit nose with a hint of tobacco. Good balance with peppery finish.


Snooth User: HMMeyer
41746190
4.00 5
02/05/2008

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.


Snooth User: JBaldwinRN
33943117
3.50 5
11/06/2007

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.


Snooth User: chapspot
10780783
3.00 5
12/15/2009

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).


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External Reviews for Mondavi Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

External Review
05/18/2011

Deep, saturated red-ruby. Lively, complex aroma dominated by blackcurrant, licorice and tobacco. Sweet and quite deep but very tightly wrapped. much more difficult to taste than it was prior to bottling. finishes with tongue-saturating tannins. Very firmly structures; today, the wine's acids and tannins have not yet harmonized. A drier, serious style of cabernet, in need of bottle aging.


External Review
05/18/2011

As the only American in a flight of French Bordeaux approximately the same age, this reserve Cab more than held its own. If not for the still-remaining notes of vanilla sweet oakiness, you would not know it was from California. Luxurious fruits, clean, crisp acidity and a long, juicy finish of herbs, mint, licorice and style. Quietly structured and elegant, it is truly a special occasion to uncork this "ringer."


External Review
05/18/2011

Seductive 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.


External Review
05/18/2011

Soft and succulent blackberry and cassis fruit upfront, framed by squeaky clean tannins and solid oak elements. This is most notable for its voluptuous, velvety texture, which coats the palate with sweet flavors. It's not a big wine but a balanced, harmonious one, and a success for the vintage.


External Review
04/09/2008

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.


External Review
01/17/2009

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.


External Review
10/15/2009

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."


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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

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