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Mondavi/Rosemount Kirralaa Chardonnay 2003
I wish I would have bought cases of this when it sold for twenty-something dollars a bottle. Rich, deep full flavors. I particularly like wines that are described as having a cassis flavor - and this has it. Absolutely delicious.
Raspberry, Mint and Cocoa on the nose. Lots of cherry on the palate with hints of chocolate but very oaky, a little too much for my tastes. Decent grip with a fairly long finish. The wine lacks body. Seems to me to be past its prime. Granted, I purchased this bottle in 2011 and considering the establishment I got it from there's a good chance that it spent several years stored improperly, but since it was $3 on the clearance rack I figured why not. OK now but could have been much better a few years back. If you have some on your rack, time to drink up...
dark red hue, intense berry flavors, ethereal, smooth tannin structure, bit alcoholic finish, lingering.
Dark black currant, chocolate, black olives, coffee, strong tannin. Medium sweet, medium acidity, high fruit, high oak, full body.
Smooth and Rich Cabernet...as advertised.
I must admit, while lamenting Robert Parker's influence, and claiming to ignor his ratings, it is simply impossible. If buying with the idea of investing, his rating essentially define wise and foolish investments. If I drink a bottle that I don't think is especially good, but he has rated it highly, I'll open another bottle, and try to discern what has caused his rating, and often conclude, "Ya know, I missed that. He's right." And vice-versa. I have (had) four bottles of the 2003 Mondavi Reserve, paid about $100 each. I tried to taste it without knowing his rating, but couldn't avoid his score. I thought this was a big bold Cabernet with intense fruit flavor hidden by too much astringency for my taste, just too young. It would have been bottled in about 2006, and IMO, three years of bottle age is not nearly enough. I intend to try a second bottle down for five years, and depending on the astringency, and other characteristics then, could see another five years after that. In the meantime, I'll be looking for a deal on more. I'd buy a case for aound $75 - $80 a bottle. I give a 95+, with potential for a 96 or even higher. Mr. Parker gave it a 94. He's pretty stingy in that rarified air, and seems to be reluctant to give Mondavi Reserve higher scores. I look for value. Bang for the buck. Mondavi Reserve consistently delivers in a way the boutigue wineries simply cannot. An excellent bottle of wine, but yong.
External Reviews for Mondavi/Rosemount Kirralaa Chardonnay
A superrich, polished, multifaceted wine, with layers of ripe currant, blackberry, herb, cedar and sage and a touch of pencil lead. Deep and concentrated, the flavors pour through on the finish, and while the tannins are chewy, the texture is supple. Best from 2005 through 2012.
Contains 67% To-Kalon Vineyard fruit. Still a baby. Closed, brooding, very deep, very dry. Fabulous cassis fruit, a huge wine. Lots of delicious, sweet new oak. Superbly balanced, impressive. Drinkable now, but best 2010-2020.
This flagship wine shows impeccable balance and finesse. It's well put together, as the couture people say, and drips with lavish, minty French oak. Soft tannins add interest as well as ageability. The wine is not lavishly fruity; instead, the flavors are consciously restrained and subtle. Very high quality, and worth holding through 2010
The stylish, elegant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (8,300 cases of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is not as dense as either the M-Bar or Vine Hill Ranch cuvee, but it offers a beautiful marriage of power and elegance. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and dried herb aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Private Reserve, which is somewhat reminiscent of Mondavi's 1978. It's all about harmony, balance, and finesse in 2002. Drink it over the next 15+ years.
The best Reserve offering since 1994 is the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a 13,000-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec and Petit Verdot. Half of the fruit emerges from the To-Kalon Vineyard. It possesses a pH of 3.7, and the alcohol is over 14%. Reminiscent of such vintages as 1990, 1991, and 1994, it boasts a saturated purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of white chocolate, flowers, black currants, blackberries, and cigar smoke. Powerful, rich, and concentrated with admirable purity, a layered texture, and a 45+ second finish, this is a superb effort. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+.
Wonderful intensity, beautifully crafted, with richness, focus and purity of flavor, offering layers of rich, smoky, mint- and spice-laced currant and blackberry fruit. Persistent, potent aftertaste.
Food Pairings for Mondavi/Rosemount Kirralaa Chardonnay
Our 2003 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. We handcrafted the wine in our To Kalon Fermentation Cellar with hand-sorting of the clusters, gravity-flow movement of the must and wine, and fermentation in a traditional oak tank. Aging in new French oak château barrels laced oak spices through the expansive, velvety flavors and lingering finish. Opulent black cherry and cassis, fruit character with complex dark chocolate, anise and bay leaf notes. Muscular tannins; expansive, velvety flavors; lingering finish.
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