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Robert Mondavi Cabernet Napa Valley 1993

Winemaker's Notes:

The Reserve candidates receive the finest, most labor-intensive winemaking techniques and highest percentage of new oak barrels of any of our wines. We gently crushed the grapes and fermented the must with a combination of cultured and native yeasts for greater complexity. Extended skin contact, totaling 32 days, naturally softened the grape tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. The wine underwent a long malo-lactic fermentation in barrels to soften acidity and give roundness on the palate, followed by more than 19 months of aging in small French oak chateau barrels. Because of the richness of this Reserve wine, we selected 90% new French oak barrels. Six barrel-to-barrel rackings and a light egg white fining gently developed and clarified the wine during aging. We bottled the wine unfiltered to retain the rich texture and complex flavors. Fermentation temperature: 85° F.; fermentation length: 5 to 7 days; skin contact: 32 days; Time in French oak chateau barrels: 19.5 months.

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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

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Snooth User: wine o new york
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5.00 5
03/05/2010

Unbelievable. This is a hidden and forgotten gem of the old line Mondavi way. This is a statement of the strength and character that Robert Mondavi believed and proved existed in Napa. I purchased another case to continue to enjoy the aging of this vintage. I last had it in the late 90's and then again a week ago. Buy it and drink it up now!


Snooth User: MissyMoo
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4.00 5
02/27/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Cabernet Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers a beautiful perfume of violets, black currants, and subtle oak, lead pencil shavings, and spice characteristics. This full-bodied, creamy textured Cabernet possesses superb concentration, lovely purity, and a multilayered mouthfeel. It should drink well for two decades or more.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Deep, bright ruby. Very ripe, nuanced nose and palate offer cassis, minerals, graphite and licorice, plus a complicating note of tarry oak. Sweet, dense and rich, with classic Oakville cabernet flavors; strongly mineral- and soil-driven. Offers a lovely combination of fat, chewiness and sheer power. Finish with a mouthful of sweet tannins and excellent structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. This has turned out very well and should ultimately surpass the 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This is a very fine, high level Cabernet that shows the impeccable nature of Mondavi Reserve. Yet it's also very tannic and far from being drinkable. Shows a vast repository of black currant, blackberry, black cherry and new oak flavors wrapped into a smooth, velvety mouthfeel whose finish goes on forever. Masculine and authoritative, it should continue to improve for many years. Drink now, with decanting, and through 2017, at least.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The andrsquo;93 Reserve outperformed the andrsquo;92 at the winery, revealing a concentrated, splendidly saturated dark purple color, sweet, intense aromas of chocolate, smoke, vanilla beans, and rich blackcurrant fruit. The wine tastes more extracted than the andrsquo;92, with a sweeter, more expansive, glycerin-imbued mid-section and finish. Although it carries as much tannin as the andrsquo;92, the tannin is riper as well as better integrated. The andrsquo;93 is a 25andndash;30 year wine that ideally needs another 4andndash;5 years of cellaring.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Dense and compact, with a tightly wound, rich core of earthy currant, cedar, spice and cherry flavors, finishing with chewy tannins. Great length, but will need to age at least until 1998.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2004 vintage was the very last in which the Robert Mondavi family was involved with the winery, and it produced the best Mondavi Reserve since the 1996. Comprising 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is a sensational wine from a classic vintage in Napa Valley. Winemaker Genevieve Janssens has brought new luster to this Napa stalwart, and the winery still has access to some of the valley's top Cabernet vineyards.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A sleek Napa Valley cabernet, this emphasizes riper fruit, in the wild blueberry and blackberry mode, than Mondavi's '04 Reserve. The smooth tannins have a resinous edge, suited to hanger steak.


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Tasting Notes:

The wine is powerful and concentrated, yet elegant and supple. Beautifully articulated flavors of cassis, ripe berry and spice lead to a long, velvety finish. This is a wine to lay down for aging -- it has the structure and depth of flavor to reward cellaring. Yet, even in its youth, our 1993 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is balanced and delicious.

The Reserve candidates receive the finest, most labor-intensive winemaking techniques and highest percentage of new oak barrels of any of our wines. We gently crushed the grapes and fermented the must with a combination of cultured and native yeasts for greater complexity. Extended skin contact, totaling 32 days, naturally softened the grape tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. The wine underwent a long malo-lactic fermentation in barrels to soften acidity and give roundness on the palate, followed by more than 19 months of aging in small French oak chateau barrels. Because of the richness of this Reserve wine, we selected 90% new French oak barrels. Six barrel-to-barrel rackings and a light egg white fining gently developed and clarified the wine during aging. We bottled the wine unfiltered to retain the rich texture and complex flavors. Fermentation temperature: 85° F.; fermentation length: 5 to 7 days; skin contact: 32 days; Time in French oak chateau barrels: 19.5 months.

Notes: 90% new French oak barrels


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