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The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reflects both an exceptional vintage and extraordinary quality fruit from several...Read more...
wonderful bottle - definitely time to drink if you have some... tobacco and chocolate overtones on a bordeaux -esque california cabernet. I was exp... Read more
Leathery, licorise aroma. Good body, smooth tasty finish. Read more
On the nose, the first thing I get is toasted oakiness, which I didn't very much enjoy. It was not too vibrant, but still was easy to pick. There a... Read more
Food Pairings for R Mondavi Cab Reserve 375m
wonderful bottle - definitely time to drink if you have some... tobacco and chocolate overtones on a bordeaux -esque california cabernet. I was expecting more tanins - - they have definitely mellowed. Had with a filet which was a perfect match since it was so lean.
Leathery, licorise aroma. Good body, smooth tasty finish.
On the nose, the first thing I get is toasted oakiness, which I didn't very much enjoy. It was not too vibrant, but still was easy to pick. There are also some black fruits going on. Blackberry, a hint of blueberry, a hint of black licorice. There is also some heat coming through. There is also a hint of sweet tobacco! Midpalate, it is dry. It is very consistent to what I get on the nose. There are blackberrys and a hint of black licorice going on. Finish, this wine lingers in my mouth. It has a considerably pleasant long finish with some black fruits dancing on my palate and all over my mouth. It also has smooth and polished clean tannins. This is not a full-bodied bottle of wine. I would say medium to full bodied. It is well made and balanced and well put together. Bottled at 13.5%. However, I must disagree with RP (my favorite wine critic) when he scored this 95 pts. I am 91 on this effort. I really liked it. It is a sold bottle of wine, but 95 is way too high for this effort. Happy drinking!
drank at 10 year mark (2007). Still tannic. This wine will improve with even more age. Opened up at 1.5 hours decanting - very extracted and nice long finish. Problem with too much oak - very heavy-handed wine making
one of my favorite wines only thing i dislike is that my case is now empty
Great took long time to open then was great!
External Reviews for R Mondavi Cab Reserve 375m
Sleek, elegant and long on finesse, with a mature, supple tapestry of currant, plum and dried berry fruit. The chewy tannins firm up and give backbone to the finish. Drink now through 2007.
Packed with currant, black cherry, plum, cedar and spice nuances, finishing long and complete, this Mondavi reserve is a dark, immense, deeply concentrated and sharply focused red. Best from 2002 through 2012.
A purple-rimmed, glossy deep scarlet wine. Oak tones preempt fruit: earth, olive, smoke; then cassis, tobacco, vanilla. Huge extract reminiscent of plums. Rather tannic, but still coming together mdash; a sure bet for aging.
Supple and rich, bursting with ripe fruit in a generous style, with beautifully focused black cherry and currant flavors that are lively and elegant, tannins in the background, very fine texture and flavors that linger long and full on the finish. Great harmony, delicacy and toasty French oak. Drink 1992ndash;2000.
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.
Shows all the hallmarks of great Mondavi Reserve. Ageworthy and complex, with enormously ripe, rich fruit, classic chocolate, cassis plus cream and spice from new oak. So smoothly voluptuous now, it goes down like velvet, but the tannin-acid balance will easily hold this wine through 2015.
The rich and intense 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a saturated ruby/purple color and is sweet and dark, with a complex nose of creme de cassis, blackberry, subtle oak, and smoke. It is medium to full-bodied and seems richer, fuller, and more intense than the 2004, but again reminds me of a St.-Julien made in Napa.
The vineyard-lots of grapes selected as reserve candidates receive special attention throughout winemaking and aging. We hand-harvested the grapes into small bins and brought them to the winery for destemming and light crushing. The wine was fermented with a combination of cultured and native yeasts for greater complexity. After an average of 32 days extended skin contact to naturally soften tannins and enhance varietal character, the wine was gently pressed and transferred to 60 gallon, chateau-style French oak barrels. In barrel, the wine completed an extended (70% native) malolactic fermentation for softness and depth. To achieve natural clarity, we gently racked the wine barrel-to-barrel five times during 17 ½ months of aging. The wine was bottled unfiltered to fully retain the vibrant aromas and rich, powerful flavors. (75% new French oak; balance once-used barrels.)
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reflects both an exceptional vintage and extraordinary quality fruit from several highly acclaimed Napa Valley vineyards. These vineyards, because of outstanding clones, soils, microclimates and cultivation techniques, consistently produce wines with great complexity, structure and aging potential. The wine explodes with rich aromas of cassis, spice and cedar, with nuances of orange zest. The intense, powerful flavors have deep layers of cherry, cassis and berry, with broad, muscular tannins, and a velvety finish.
Notes: 75% New French Oak Barrels
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