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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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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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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: 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
81732338
3.50 5
01/03/2010

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


Snooth User: Rafool
2858853
5.00 5
07/17/2007

smooth


Snooth User: rmarevalo
7128719
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
4178917
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

External Review
01/29/2009

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,


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 95The 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.


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

Dense 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 at least until 1998.


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

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 7-10 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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Superripe, almost port-like aromas of roasted plum, cassis, mint and smoky oak. Offers wonderful sweetness and richness in the mouth. Very long on the back end; the substantial tannins become apparent quite late and cover more of the palate. This wine's suave finish makes the above Cabernet seem almost rustic in comparison. An impressive '96.


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

Supple and rich, bursting with ripe fruit in a generous style, with beautifully focused black cherry and currant flavors that are lively and elegant, tannins in the background, very fine texture and flavors that linger long and full on the finish. Great harmony, delicacy and toasty French oak. Drink 1992ndash;2000.


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

If you missed out on Robert Mondavi'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.


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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

Closure: Cork


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