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The wine is powerful and concentrated, yet elegant and supple. Beautifully articulated flavors of cassis, ripe berry...Read more...
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... Read more
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers a beautiful perfume of violets, black currants, and subtle oak, lead pencil shavings, and spice characte... Read more
Deep, bright ruby. Very ripe, nuanced nose and palate offer cassis, minerals, graphite and licorice, plus a complicating note of tarry oak. Sweet, ... Read more
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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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notes: 90% new French oak barrels
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