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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

This Cabernet Sauvignon blends the craftsmanship of California winemaking with the Southern tradition of Bourbon Whiskey aging, resulting in an incredibly bold sensory expression. Deep, rich ruby red in color, it opens with concentrated aromas of blackberry cobbler, ripe dark berries, graham cracker, brown sugar, vanilla, milk chocolate, and toasty oak with notes of coffee and smoke. Flavors of ripe blackberry cobbler, blueberry pie, praline, sweet vanilla custard, brown sugar, caramel, and mocha, coffee, and smoke follow. Soft, chewy tannins and toasted oak round the wine out with a long, lush finish. A superb accompaniment to bourbonglazed grilled ribs, a charcuterie board, hearty pasta dishes, strong cheeses, good friends, and outrageous stories. 2016 HARVEST: The 2016 growing season started out with some welcome winter rains. A fairly early bud break was followed by warm spring temperatures and a mild summer. The grapes ripened steadily and uniformly, producing fruit with ripe tannins, concentrated color, and complex flavors. VITICULTURE: The grapes for our 2016 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from Southern Monterey County in California’s Central Coast growing region. Monterey County enjoys a long, relatively cool growing season with warm days and cool nights that provide ideal ripening conditions for grapes to develop complex flavors and deep, concentrated color. The grapes were harvested at night and in the early morning to preserve ideal acidity and sugar levels. Harvest ran from September through October 2016. WINEMAKING: We start our unique process with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes carefully picked at the peak of ripeness from Monterey County vineyards. The wine is then aged and blended to deliver exceptional fruit flavors and complexity. Next, a portion of the blend is selected to be aged for an additional three months in a combination of new and used Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Our new barrels give the wine a deep, rich, toasty flavor. The used barrels, from a world-renowned Kentucky distillery, add vanilla aromas and dried herbal notes. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah OAK AGING: 10 months, with a portion aged in new and used American oak bourbon barrels TA: 5.9g/L RS: 5.0g/L PH: 3.6 ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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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

External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/25/2018

This Cabernet Sauvignon blends the craftsmanship of California winemaking with the Southern tradition of Bourbon Whiskey aging, resulting in an incredibly bold sensory expression. Deep, rich ruby red in color, it opens with concentrated aromas of blackberry cobbler, ripe dark berries, graham cracker, brown sugar, vanilla, milk chocolate, and toasty oak with notes of coffee and smoke. Flavors of ripe blackberry cobbler, blueberry pie, praline, sweet vanilla custard, brown sugar, caramel, and mocha, coffee, and smoke follow. Soft, chewy tannins and toasted oak round the wine out with a long, lush finish. A superb accompaniment to bourbonglazed grilled ribs, a charcuterie board, hearty pasta dishes, strong cheeses, good friends, and outrageous stories. 2016 HARVEST: The 2016 growing season started out with some welcome winter rains. A fairly early bud break was followed by warm spring temperatures and a mild summer. The grapes ripened steadily and uniformly, producing fruit with ripe tannins, concentrated color, and complex flavors. VITICULTURE: The grapes for our 2016 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from Southern Monterey County in California’s Central Coast growing region. Monterey County enjoys a long, relatively cool growing season with warm days and cool nights that provide ideal ripening conditions for grapes to develop complex flavors and deep, concentrated color. The grapes were harvested at night and in the early morning to preserve ideal acidity and sugar levels. Harvest ran from September through October 2016. WINEMAKING: We start our unique process with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes carefully picked at the peak of ripeness from Monterey County vineyards. The wine is then aged and blended to deliver exceptional fruit flavors and complexity. Next, a portion of the blend is selected to be aged for an additional three months in a combination of new and used Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Our new barrels give the wine a deep, rich, toasty flavor. The used barrels, from a world-renowned Kentucky distillery, add vanilla aromas and dried herbal notes. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah OAK AGING: 10 months, with a portion aged in new and used American oak bourbon barrels TA: 5.9g/L RS: 5.0g/L PH: 3.6 ALCOHOL: 14.5%



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