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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004
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 Deep, dark color signals the wine’s depth of flavor and opulent texture. Aromas of black fruits and hints of cedar, black licorice and spicy nutmeg and clove lead to dense flavors of blackberry and black plum enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. Polished yet powerful 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District
Great wine! Intensely concentrated nose of stewed dark berries with big toasty notes. It's an oakey, ripe fruit wine. Follows suit on the palate. Great ripe concentrated fruit and laced throughout with nice oak and hints of vanilla. Drinking very well right now and might even continue to evolve for some time. I intend to get more.
No detailed notes but second time with this bottle and once again I'm very impressed. Once of the best values in cali cabernet. Very classy, black currants and floral perfume. The palate was elegant and smooth with a long finish. I wish I had more or at least the time to have really sat with this to get a better tasting note. I was too happy drinking this wine and admiring its elegance.
Sweet rich plum nose, well integrated tannins, strong notes of licorice on finish.
A lot a fruit for the money. Ripe fruit nose with a hint of tobacco. Good balance with peppery finish.
Wow, a wonderfully powerful little gem. Velevety start, and a little delicate but a strong finish tells me this wine will be awesome in 5 years.
Great nose. Very robust. First taste is smooth yet bold enough to linger. Nice tannin bite on the tongue, but not overpowering. Aftertaste is present and stays with you for a few moments. A smooth, satisfying cab.
This guy is a brute at Christmas 2009. Huge tannin and alcohol listed at 15%. Probably will soften with bottle age but will also lose fruit. Match with big cheeses or meats with fat content (prime rib, rib eye steak, lamb chops).
External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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.
The best Reserve offering since 1994 is the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a 13,000-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec and Petit Verdot. Half of the fruit emerges from the To-Kalon Vineyard. It possesses a pH of 3.7, and the alcohol is over 14%. Reminiscent of such vintages as 1990, 1991, and 1994, it boasts a saturated purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of white chocolate, flowers, black currants, blackberries, and cigar smoke. Powerful, rich, and concentrated with admirable purity, a layered texture, and a 45+ second finish, this is a superb effort. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2020+.
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.
This flagship wine shows impeccable balance and finesse. Itrsquo;s well put together, as the couture people say, and drips with lavish, minty French oak. Soft tannins add interest as well as ageability. The wine is not lavishly fruity; instead, the flavors are consciously restrained and subtle. Very high quality, and worth holding through 2010
A firm, tight, tannic baseline forms the foundation for this intense, rich and concentrated wine, with a mix of currant, cedar, sage, and dusty berry. Well-balanced, with chewy tannins, itrsquo;s an elegant, well-crafted wine. Best from 2004 through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
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.
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