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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1990

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At the winery, the grapes underwent a gentle destemming and partial crush; the fruit was then fermented at 88°F. Four weeks of skin contact maximized varietal intensity and initiated the process of softening the natural grape tannins. The wine was then racked unfiltered to 60 gallon, Nevers oak barrels for extended aging. Nearly 80 percent of the wine was aged in new French oak, a percentage selected as appropriate for this specific vintage. Fermentation temperature: 88°F Fermentation length: 4 days Skin contact: 30 days Barrels: French oak Wine barreled: 100% Time in barrels: 17 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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External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/11/2009

This wine is just beginning to drink spectacularly well. The rustic, big, thick 1990 is Californian in its orientation... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1990 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/25/2012

Aromatically complex, with herb, currant and olive scents revealing depth, richness, concentration and complexity, whereas the flavors offer finesse and dimension.--California Cabernet retrospective...-JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1990 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

A great wine from a terrific vintage, this saturated dark ruby/purple-colored wine exhibits a sweet bouquet of cassis, vanillin, and licorice, full-bodied, opulent flavors, soft tannin, superb expansive of flavor, and gorgeous extraction and length.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

Herb, olive and currant flavors begin to open up on the finish, where they fold together nicely and pick up a spicy anise accent that adds dimension. A young, tight, firm and tannic wine that's just starting to show... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1990 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml



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Tasting Notes:

The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a rich, flavorful wine with classic Cabernet varietal aromas and flavors. Cassis and berry fruit are complemented by anise, spice and a hint of tobacco in the nose. A wine of great elegance and structure, this 1990 Cabernet possesses a long, lingering finish.

At the winery, the grapes underwent a gentle destemming and partial crush; the fruit was then fermented at 88°F. Four weeks of skin contact maximized varietal intensity and initiated the process of softening the natural grape tannins. The wine was then racked unfiltered to 60 gallon, Nevers oak barrels for extended aging. Nearly 80 percent of the wine was aged in new French oak, a percentage selected as appropriate for this specific vintage. Fermentation temperature: 88°F Fermentation length: 4 days Skin contact: 30 days Barrels: French oak Wine barreled: 100% Time in barrels: 17 months

Notes: 80% new French oak barrels


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