Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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Our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boldly expresses our finest Napa Valley vineyards with deep, opulent black cherry...

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I wish I would have bought cases of this when it sold for twenty-something dollars a bottle. Rich, deep full flavors. I particularly like wines t... Read more

Big sweet oak nose, maybe, some clove. Very “watery” at the front of the tongue. It takes a second to detect “standard” cabernet sauvignon cassis... Read more

Raspberry, Mint and Cocoa on the nose. Lots of cherry on the palate with hints of chocolate but very oaky, a little too much for my tastes. Decen... Read more

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Snooth User: gregonweb
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5.00 5
11/06/2008

I wish I would have bought cases of this when it sold for twenty-something dollars a bottle. Rich, deep full flavors. I particularly like wines that are described as having a cassis flavor - and this has it. Absolutely delicious.


Snooth User: EMark
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3.50 5
07/25/2014

Big sweet oak nose, maybe, some clove. Very “watery” at the front of the tongue. It takes a second to detect “standard” cabernet sauvignon cassis. Then there is a sourness around the edges of the tongue. Finally, unreined tannins step in. This is not a sipping wine. However, with some solid food, the sourness and the tannins are both calmed down, and this is a quite pleasant glass.


Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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2.50 5
06/04/2012

Raspberry, Mint and Cocoa on the nose. Lots of cherry on the palate with hints of chocolate but very oaky, a little too much for my tastes. Decent grip with a fairly long finish. The wine lacks body. Seems to me to be past its prime. Granted, I purchased this bottle in 2011 and considering the establishment I got it from there's a good chance that it spent several years stored improperly, but since it was $3 on the clearance rack I figured why not. OK now but could have been much better a few years back. If you have some on your rack, time to drink up...


Snooth User: Franz Schneider
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3.50 5
01/03/2010

dark red hue, intense berry flavors, ethereal, smooth tannin structure, bit alcoholic finish, lingering.


Snooth User: Rafool
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5.00 5
07/17/2007

smooth


Snooth User: rmarevalo
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4.50 5
05/09/2008

Dark black currant, chocolate, black olives, coffee, strong tannin. Medium sweet, medium acidity, high fruit, high oak, full body.


Snooth User: dragonkiller
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4.00 5
01/24/2008

Smooth and Rich Cabernet...as advertised.


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External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The stylish, elegant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (8,300 cases of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is not as dense as either the M-Bar or Vine Hill Ranch cuvee, but it offers a beautiful marriage of power and elegance. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and dried herb aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Private Reserve, which is somewhat reminiscent of Mondavi's 1978. It's all about harmony, balance, and finesse in 2002. Drink it over the next 15+ years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to a sumptuous nose of graphite, blackberries, creme de cassis, cedar, and subtle toasty oak. Full-bodied with a seamless integration of acidity, wood, and tannin, this long, rich, impressively-endowed, stunning Cabernet will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age, and should age for two decades. I suppose it will always be difficult to comprehend that this winery is no longer being run by Robert Mondavi and his sons, Tim and Michael. However, their legacy of quality and their contribution to the appreciation of fine wine in the United States is irrefutable. These offerings, made by Tim Mondavi and his staff, are very impressive.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Contains 67% To-Kalon Vineyard fruit. Still a baby. Closed, brooding, very deep, very dry. Fabulous cassis fruit, a huge wine. Lots of delicious, sweet new oak. Superbly balanced, impressive. Drinkable now, but best 2010-2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A superrich, polished, multifaceted wine, with layers of ripe currant, blackberry, herb, cedar and sage and a touch of pencil lead. Deep and concentrated, the flavors pour through on the finish, and while the tannins are chewy, the texture is supple. Best from 2005 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good saturated ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of currant, black cherry, espresso, milk chocolate and flowers; a real essence of Napa Valley cabernet. Enters the palate like silk, then builds slowly toward the back, offering a lovely light touch and plenty of inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with substantial but very fine tannins that reach the incisors, and lingering perfume.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The finest Private Reserve since the 1991, 1990, and 1987, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is extraordinary. There are 8,000 cases of the blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and small dollops of Merlot as well as Petit Verdot. A perfume of smoke, camphor, creme de cassis, cedar, and fruitcake is accompanied by a gentle giant of a wine. Powerful and impeccably balanced, with outstanding concentration, well-integrated wood, acidity, and tannin, and a long, nearly 60-second finish, this saturated ruby-purple-hued effort is a prodigious example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: now-2020+.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which mostly comes from To-Kalon, has a relatively small production in this vintage (7,500 cases). The wine has a dense purple color and a wonderful, sweet, almost St.-Julien like nose of licorice, red and black currants, cedar, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, but authoritatively flavored, this wine is still young, rich, and very fine.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Flavor descriptors: A luxurious wine with vivid aromas of blueberry, blackberry and black currant layered with hints of cedar, spice and black tea. Powerful and mouthfilling. Wine analysis: Total acid: 0.66% Final pH: 3.7 Residual sugar: 0.9 (dry) Alcohol: 15% by volume

Tasting Notes:

Our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boldly expresses our finest Napa Valley vineyards with deep, opulent black cherry and cassis character. Dark chocolate, sweet anise seed and aromatic bay leaf add complexity to the intense layers of sweet dark fruit. The wine combines power and elegance, with muscular tannins supporting the beautifully articulated Cabernet flavors. We handcrafted the wine in our To Kalon Fermentation Cellar with hand-sorting of the clusters, gravity-flow movement of the must and wine, and fermentation in a traditional oak tank. Aging in new French oak château barrels laced oak spices through the expansive, velvety flavors and lingering finish. Opulent black cherry and cassis, fruit character with complex dark chocolate, anise and bay leaf notes. Muscular tannins; expansive, velvety flavors; lingering finish.

Flavor descriptors: A luxurious wine with vivid aromas of blueberry, blackberry and black currant layered with hints of cedar, spice and black tea. Powerful and mouthfilling. Wine analysis: Total acid: 0.66% Final pH: 3.7 Residual sugar: 0.9 (dry) Alcohol: 15% by volume

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