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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is made exclusively from grapes grown in this renowned region of Napa Valley. We selected four vineyards, including our own, that yield exceptionally pure flavors and silky tannins, the signature of the district. Layers of black cherry, currant, violets and sandalwood are enveloped in the wines lush texture; spicy complexity from French chateau barrels lingers on the finish. Readers looking for Bordeaux-styled elegance (a Margaux perhaps?) should check out the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap Vineyard... considerable precision, tremendous purity, medium body, and real intensity of flavor without a lot of weight or obvious structure. The wine’s balance is stunning. It should age beautifully for 12-15 years.

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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: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.00 5
02/25/2009

This has been a perennial favorite of mine. This vintage (my first taste) is no dissapointment. Medium dark color. The nose reveals some sweet dark red fruit. The palate has a bountiful lushness of fruits; deep dark currant, dark black cherry, some tar and tobacco. The tannins are amazingly resolved, but in the usual style, the acid level is a notch above to make it the "Mondavi food friendly wine" the founder has strived for. This multi-dimensional wine shows breed not common in its price range, hence why I love it year to year (in good years only). A super long finish which is as smooth as Huggy Bear. I am liking this alot. I can comment on a oak level a bit high which dries the palate a bit, but this should dissapate over time. I will try another one in 6 months.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.00 5
02/25/2009

Pure Stags Leap. The color shows dark rich velvety crimson. The nose shows smokey cassis and dark fruits. The palate blossoms with bramble, extra dark blackberry, an aristocratic cassis, currant, French vanilla, tar and cocoa. The acid level is pure Mondavi, and the tannins are ironed out and all in a row....smooth. Fantastic mouthfeel....This is one cool customer. Some sweetness is present but not in a negative way. A smokiness that adds interest and a purity make this wine sing. The finish is long and precise. No green as mentioned elsewhere. A great effort indeed.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.00 5
02/25/2009

God color. The nose has great cassis and blackberries. The palate shows a good balance of red & black fruits: blackberry, cassis, plums with some kirsch royal. A decent mouthfeel and structure holds this nicely. Its a big fat and juicy style of Cabernet that some from on, but its quite pleasant and enjoyable. Not a fruit bomb in an form. For $4.50 per half bottle it's gotta be one of the screaming deals of the year. For a night where a 750ml is too much and the vacuvin just won't do.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
0.00 5
02/25/2009

Decanted for 30 minutes. This wine is totally closed down. It is in the same phase that the 2001 Oakville was a year ago. Unfocused fruit, chalky and unbalanced. I would hold off opening any of these until next summer.


Snooth User: RodGreen
8610015
4.00 5
09/02/2008

Very nice wine! I'm not a big fan of Red's but I became an instant fan of this wine. Very smooth and great flavors.


Snooth User: johnfan
9062711
3.50 5
04/17/2010

gd nose


Snooth User: guitar85ax7
4492139
4.00 5
03/04/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

As the only American in a flight of French Bordeaux approximately the same age, this reserve Cab more than held its own. If not for the still-remaining notes of vanilla sweet oakiness, you would not know it was from California. Luxurious fruits, clean, crisp acidity and a long, juicy finish of herbs, mint, licorice and style. Quietly structured and elegant, it is truly a special occasion to uncork this ldquo;ringer.rdquo;


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This sample was a knockout at the blind tasting of 1987 Cabernet barrel samples. This is undoubtedly the finest Reserve since the 1974, perhaps even the 1970. The wine shows great richness, a fabulous nose of smoky oak and jammy blackcurrants. The flavors in the mouth are terrific as this wine has astounding depth, a hedonistic level of fruit, and a tremendous finish. This is the kind of wine that California can produce and is capable of winning the hearts and souls of the masses. Anticipated maturity: 1991ndash;2004.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1994 Reserve is an exquisite wine. The deep opaque purple color, and tightly wound nose and flavors still reveal enough profound aromas to mark this as one of Mondavirsquo;s most sensational efforts. The nose possesses a Margaux/Mouton-like cassis, lead pencil, floral aroma, backed up by copious quantities of blackcurrant fruit. In the mouth, my notes said, ldquo;great stuff.rdquo; The wine is full-bodied, layered, multidimensional and astonishingly well balanced, with an inner-depth and core of exceptional richness and intensity. All of this has been accomplished without any notion of obtrusive weight, tannin or alcohol. The finish lasts for 35+ seconds. Because of its luxurious quantity of fruit, this wine will be accessible young. However, for those who possess the discipline to wait 10ndash;15 years, this wine should prove to be a formidable Cab with a rare complexity, elegance and richness.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Soft and succulent blackberry and cassis fruit upfront, framed by squeaky clean tannins and solid oak elements. This is most notable for its voluptuous, velvety texture, which coats the palate with sweet flavors. Itrsquo;s not a big wine but a balanced, harmonious one, and a success for the vintage.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

If you missed out on Robert Mondavirsquo;s 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, try to find a few bottles of the sumptuously rich, decadent, showy 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve that is about to be released. It is a sweeter, riper, more unctuously-styled Cabernet. While it may lack some of the classicism of the 1991 Reserve, it is s super-rich, full-bodied, flamboyant, unctuously-textured wine that should drink well for 20+ years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Mondavi has also turned in a very strong effort in the good, but generally unexciting 1988 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. In contrast to his compelling 1987 Reserve, the 1988 is much softer, and not nearly as concentrated. It is ideal for drinking over the next 7ndash;10 years. It has a gorgeously smoky, cassis, and vanillin-scented bouquet, ripe, round, generously endowed flavors, soft acids, and moderate tannins in its smooth as silk finish. Much more advanced and approachable than the 1987 Reserve, it is ideal for near-term gratification.


External Review
03/16/2010

Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Reserve and all other wine from Robert Mondavi Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Tasting Notes:

Harmonious layers of ripe blackberry, plum and cherry fruit character with rose and spice nuances. Perfectly balanced.

Our Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is made exclusively from grapes grown in this renowned region of Napa Valley. We selected four vineyards, including our own, that yield exceptionally pure flavors and silky tannins, the signature of the district. Layers of black cherry, currant, violets and sandalwood are enveloped in the wines lush texture; spicy complexity from French chateau barrels lingers on the finish. Readers looking for Bordeaux-styled elegance (a Margaux perhaps?) should check out the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap Vineyard... considerable precision, tremendous purity, medium body, and real intensity of flavor without a lot of weight or obvious structure. The wine’s balance is stunning. It should age beautifully for 12-15 years.

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