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Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Member Review by rckr1951:

Maybe a 93 and still going strong - got another 3-4 years of hearty drinking left before it slips. This review comes 1500 days exactly since the last. Plenty of dark berry and cherry fruits, mocha, Napa dust, and after a opening with the Venturi aeration system working it's magic the tannins, while chewy, define the structure. Good acidity leads to a lengthy aftertaste. Wonderful while it lasted - Paul.

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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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Vintage: 2005 05/29/2016

Maybe a 93 and still going strong - got another 3-4 years of hearty drinking left before it slips. This review comes 1500 days exactly since the last. Plenty of dark berry and cherry fruits, mocha, Napa dust, and after a opening with the Venturi aeration system working it's magic the tannins, while chewy, define the structure. Good acidity leads to a lengthy aftertaste. Wonderful while it lasted - Paul.


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/25/2018

Wine Descriptors: This wine is quintessential Oakville cabernet sauvignon: presenting both power and finesse, with deep, dark cassis and black cherry fruit; sage, nutmeg and vanilla spice; a velvety texture with a plush, juicy finish that lingers luxuriously on the palate. Vintage: 2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. The grapes were harvested between September 6th and October 14th. Vineyards: When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery, in 1966, he remarked “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. The To Kalon Vineyard lies on prime benchland in west Oakville. The low fertility, well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity. Varietal Composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc 3% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot Total acid: 6.4 g/L Final pH: 3.64 Residual sugar: 0.55 g/L Alcohol: 14.5 % by volume


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 01/25/2018

Wine Descriptors: Deep, enticing wild berry and black currant fruit weaves harmoniously with layers of fragrant tobacco leaf, forest floor and toast in a complex ribbon of flavor that flows into a deliciously long finish in this powerful yet refined taste of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Vintage: Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. Vineyards: When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery, in 1966, he remarked “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. The To Kalon Vineyard lies on prime benchland in west Oakville. The low fertility, well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity. Winemaking: The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 27 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 72% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 22 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2015. Varietal Composition: 81 % Cabernet Sauvignon 13 % Cabernet Franc 2 % Malbec 2 % Petit Verdot 2 % Merlot Total acid: 6.2 g/L Final pH: 3.68 Residual sugar: 0.59 g/L Alcohol: 14.5 % by volume ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 02/10/2017

Wine Descriptors: Deep, enticing wild berry and black currant fruit weaves harmoniously with layers of fragrant tobacco leaf, forest floor and toast in a complex ribbon of flavor that flows into a deliciously long finish in this powerful yet refined taste of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Vintage: Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. Vineyards: When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery, in 1966, he remarked “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. The To Kalon Vineyard lies on prime benchland in west Oakville. The low fertility, well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity. Winemaking: The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 27 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 72% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 22 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2015. Varietal Composition: 81 % Cabernet Sauvignon 13 % Cabernet Franc 2 % Malbec 2 % Petit Verdot 2 % Merlot Total acid: 6.2 g/L Final pH: 3.68 Residual sugar: 0.59 g/L Alcohol: 14.5 % by volume


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/29/2016

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/20/2015

Vintage: Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, the 2012 vintage was “a walk in the park”, says Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby. A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March which saturated the soils and helped fill the reservoirs. The region’s combination of warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. We harvested our select Oakville cabernet sauvignon grapes for this wine between October 8th and October 26th. Vineyards: When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery, in 1966, he remarked “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. The To Kalon Vineyard lies on prime benchland in west Oakville. The low fertility, well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity. Winemaking: The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 33 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 75% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 21 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2014. Descriptors: This wine has everything we love about Oakville cabernet sauvignon: a dense, mid-palate richness, complexity and a deliciously long finish. Dark red cherry fruit joins sinfully deep mocha flavors that finish with a spicy note of black pepper. Varietal composition: 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon 12 % Cabernet Franc 6 % Malbec 4 % Petit Verdot 3 % Merlot Total acid: 6.4 g/L Final pH: 3.67 Residual sugar: 0.65 g/L Alcohol: 15 % by volume


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/29/2016

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/29/2016

Four and a half glasses


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