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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994

Winemaker's Notes:

At the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes and fermented the must with a combination of native and cultured yeasts for greater complexity. Extended skin contact naturally softened the grape tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. After pressing, the wine underwent a long malo-lactic fermentation – with native and cultured malo-lactic bacteria – for softness and depth on the palate. During more than 19 months in new chateau-style, French oak barrels, the wine was racked six times and lightly fined with fresh egg whites. These gentle winemaking techniques allowed us to bottle this Cabernet without filtration to fully retain its complex flavors and long aging potential. Skin contact: 30 days, time in French oak chateau barrels: 19 months (100% new oak).

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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

Member Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: JonDerry
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4.00 5
09/27/2012

Turning 18 years old very gracefully right about now, with a powerful acidic spine, suggesting it could live on much longer. Already displaying a complex nose of fruits, flowers, iodine, and red fruits. Finishes well with good persistence. Good piece of history here, though more for the acid hounds, not for hedonists.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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3.50 5
02/25/2009

Some bricking on the edges and a medium garnet color. The nose is a bit subdued. The palate has tremendous lead pencil shavings, dried cassis, red cherries, and tar. Somewhat 2 dimensional. The acid level may be hangig in where the fruit may be coming up short. Very Paulliacian in style. This should have been drunk up by age 10 Still all in all a nice drink of wine. 88


Snooth User: sfburgundian
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4.00 5
11/28/2007

This is one of the most reliable reserve wines in Napa Valley.


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2011

I had the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (97 points) a half-dozen times this year, and it may be the finest Cabernet ever from Mondavi. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1994 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/18/2014

Slightly earthy and leathery at first the herb currant and black cherry flavors slowly become more complex and interesting... Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/15/2010

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1994 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/18/2014

...one of the finest regular Cabernets Mondavi has made...sweet rich blackcurrant aromas intertwined with scents of vanilla and spice. Soft round medium to full-bodied and harmonious the wine is accessible yet capable of lasting for 10-15 years... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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Our 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has become one of the most highly acclaimed vintages we have produced. The wine has exceptional richness and intensity, with layers upon layers of deep black cherry, currant, earth, spices and black olive. Nuances of vanilla and spicy oak from 100% new barrels linger on the finish. It is an extremely silky, opulent wine with impeccable balance, reflecting the outstanding 1994 vintage.

At the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes and fermented the must with a combination of native and cultured yeasts for greater complexity. Extended skin contact naturally softened the grape tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. After pressing, the wine underwent a long malo-lactic fermentation – with native and cultured malo-lactic bacteria – for softness and depth on the palate. During more than 19 months in new chateau-style, French oak barrels, the wine was racked six times and lightly fined with fresh egg whites. These gentle winemaking techniques allowed us to bottle this Cabernet without filtration to fully retain its complex flavors and long aging potential. Skin contact: 30 days, time in French oak chateau barrels: 19 months (100% new oak).

Notes: New chateau-style French oak barrels


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