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
Deep ruby purple. Moderately full- bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly ex- tracted and oaked. Quite tannic. Black fruits, dusty cherries, dark chocolate. Intensely concentrated, with a rush of deep black fruit and powerful structural elements. Wood is nicely integerated. Lingering, mouth drying finish. A classic style.
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.
Dark, ripe and intense, with a tight core of currant, mineral, earth and spice flavors. Turns dry and austere on the finish, where the flavors show more earthy qualities. Best to cellar into 1999.
If you missed out on Robert Mondavi's 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, try to find a few bottles of the sumptuously rich, decadent, showy 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve that is about to be released. It is a sweeter, riper, more unctuously-styled Cabernet. While it may lack some of the classicism of the 1991 Reserve, it is s super-rich, full-bodied, flamboyant, unctuously-textured wine that should drink well for 20+ years.
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to a sumptuous nose of graphite, blackberries, creme de cassis, cedar, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied with a seamless integration of acidity, wood, and tannin,
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 has also turned in a very strong effort in the good, but generally unexciting 1988 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. In contrast to his compelling 1987 Reserve, the 1988 is much softer, and not nearly as concentrated. It is ideal for drinking over the next 7ndash;10 years. It has a gorgeously smoky, cassis, and vanillin-scented bouquet, ripe, round, generously endowed flavors, soft acids, and moderate tannins in its smooth as silk finish. Much more advanced and approachable than the 1987 Reserve, it is ideal for near-term gratification.
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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