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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1992

Winemaker's Notes:

At the winery, we focused on extremely gentle handling of the grapes and wine to avoid harsh tannins and emphasize natural balance. Fermentation at 85ºF., followed by twenty-seven days of skin contact naturally softened tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. The wine underwent an extended malo-lactic fermentation and was aged for twenty months in small French oak chateau barrels. Five barrel-to-barrel rackings during aging gently developed and clarified the wine; it was then bottled unfiltered to retain the rich texture and complex flavors. Fermentation temperature: 85ºF.; Fermentation length: 4 to 5 days; Skin contact: 27 days; Barrels: French Oak (71% new barrels); Time in barrels: 20.4 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

External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewDense 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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/27/2011

Tasting through Robert Mondavi's portfolio continues to reinforce my impression that this winery is undeniably the spiritual and qualitative leader of that sector of the California wine industry dedicated to producing world-class wines. What is so a... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1992 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


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

The wine displays loads of cassis fruit, licorice, herbs, and well-integrated, toasty new oak, full body, an understated, elegant personality, and outstanding length, ripeness, and extraction. It will drink well for two decades.



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Our historic To-Kalon Vineyard is reflected in the classic cassis aromas and layers of black cherry, berry and spice flavors found in this 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. This wine has great structure and balance, with hints of vanilla from Nevers oak. Although the wine is very attractive now, we suggest additional bottle aging for optimal enjoyment.

At the winery, we focused on extremely gentle handling of the grapes and wine to avoid harsh tannins and emphasize natural balance. Fermentation at 85ºF., followed by twenty-seven days of skin contact naturally softened tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. The wine underwent an extended malo-lactic fermentation and was aged for twenty months in small French oak chateau barrels. Five barrel-to-barrel rackings during aging gently developed and clarified the wine; it was then bottled unfiltered to retain the rich texture and complex flavors. Fermentation temperature: 85ºF.; Fermentation length: 4 to 5 days; Skin contact: 27 days; Barrels: French Oak (71% new barrels); Time in barrels: 20.4 months.

Notes: 71% new French oak barrels


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