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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998

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Hand-harvested into small bins • Hand-sorted on tables in To Kalon Fermentation Cellar • Gravity-flow movement of must and wine • Fermented in traditional oak tanks and gently pressed in a traditional basket press • 35 days extended skin contact (maceration) for softening of tannins • 18 months (539 days) aging in French oak château barrels, 75% new French oak barrels Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Aroma: In the nose, ripe black fruit aromas merge with hints of cedar, black licorice and a pinch of nutmeg and clove. Appearance: The wine’s deep, dark color signals the density of its flavors and opulent texture. Tasting Notes: In the mouth, the wine has a silky entry. Dense, fleshy flavors of blackberry, black plum and cassis envelop the mid-palate, enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. The rich finish lasts forever. A freshly youthful wine with the confident authority that comes from excellent vineyard sources and superlative winemaking.

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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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Member Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: katelovescoffee
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4.00 5
08/21/2009

The oldest wine I have ever had (for what its worth). It was a special, go out on a limb, bottle for my husband's 30th birthday. The reviews were mixed, as it may have been past its prime, and that 1998 was an odd year for Napa. The verdict: My husband loved it, and thats what counts. Me? The first sips were a little shock to the palate, a little overwhelmed with tannins. But as a drank more, the undertones of the wine came to the front. I loved the black cherry/dark fruit mixed in with a little smokiness (or was it oaky-ness?) Either way, A solid wine for those wanting to go outside their comfort zone.


Snooth User: RPerro
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3.50 5
04/11/2009

Decanted 30 min. A bit green, as expected from this vintage. Not a lot of flavor. Thin fruit, and not very enjoyable. Not a fan of the 1998 vintage Napa wines. Vacuum sealed and will try again tomorrow.Day 2: Much more fruit evident both on the nose and palate. Some earthiness coming through, but still not anything special. A disappointing vintage from this consistently spectacular winery.


Snooth User: glharv
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4.00 5
07/01/2011

Acidic boom.


Snooth User: bahabaha
9084533
4.00 5
10/03/2008

Oaky, smooth, great after-taste, my wife loved it even though she's not a red wine (or wine for that matter) drinker


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
07/25/2012

Ruby-red. Redcurrant, lead pencil, nuts and fresh herbs on the nose. Supple, ripe and sweet, with lovely texture and suave tannins for the vintage. ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


External Review
03/19/2013

A mix of weedy herbal, dill and spicy oak scents with medium-bodied cherry and bell pepper. Elegant and drinking well.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewSeductive and stylish up front, with pretty, supple, coffee, currant, anise and sage notes, but you keep hoping for a little more focus. Finishes with a thick, chewy wall of dry tannins. Best from 2002 through 2008.


External Review
02/16/2011

The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is evolved. A plum/ruby color is followed by aromas of toasty oak, tobacco, black currants, smoke, and spice box. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, with excellent fruit on the attack, some real charm and roundness, but the finish is filled with astringent tannin. If this wine continues to hold its fruit, it is going to be a Bordeaux-styled, medium-weight Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 12-14 years. However, the tannin will need to be monitored because this particular wine could possibly dry out.


External Review
01/29/2009

Rich layers of cassis, boysenberry and black cherry slowly unfold in our Robert Mondavi 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Intriguing nuances of spice, cedar forest and licorice heighten the wine's complexity. The excellent structure, with broad,



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Rich layers of cassis, boysenberry and black cherry slowly unfold in our Robert Mondavi 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Intriguing nuances of spice, cedar forest and licorice heighten the wine's complexity. The excellent structure, with broad, muscular tannins and a long, velvety finish, promises even greater development with bottle aging for 15 or more years.

Hand-harvested into small bins • Hand-sorted on tables in To Kalon Fermentation Cellar • Gravity-flow movement of must and wine • Fermented in traditional oak tanks and gently pressed in a traditional basket press • 35 days extended skin contact (maceration) for softening of tannins • 18 months (539 days) aging in French oak château barrels, 75% new French oak barrels Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Aroma: In the nose, ripe black fruit aromas merge with hints of cedar, black licorice and a pinch of nutmeg and clove. Appearance: The wine’s deep, dark color signals the density of its flavors and opulent texture. Tasting Notes: In the mouth, the wine has a silky entry. Dense, fleshy flavors of blackberry, black plum and cassis envelop the mid-palate, enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. The rich finish lasts forever. A freshly youthful wine with the confident authority that comes from excellent vineyard sources and superlative winemaking.

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic

Notes: 85% New French Oak Barrels


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