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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004

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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 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

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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: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
03/03/2010

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.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,577
4.00 5
05/08/2010

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.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
10/12/2007

Sweet rich plum nose, well integrated tannins, strong notes of licorice on finish.


Snooth User: cesarhdez
188376241
3.00 5
10/09/2009

A lot a fruit for the money. Ripe fruit nose with a hint of tobacco. Good balance with peppery finish.


Snooth User: HMMeyer
41746190
4.00 5
02/05/2008

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.


Snooth User: JBaldwinRN
33943117
3.50 5
11/06/2007

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.


Snooth User: chapspot
10780783
3.00 5
12/15/2009

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).


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External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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 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+.


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

The best Cabernet Irsquo;ve tasted in 35 years!


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

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


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

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.


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.


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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 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

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