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Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2011

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An intriguingly deep color leads to highly fragrant aromas and fleshy dark fruits, sage, bay leaf, and a gentle touch of black pepper spice on the palate with a savory finish that works seamlessly together. The lively freshness and good structure came easily with the cooler season, and patient barrel maturation provided exactly what we love about Oakville Cabernet: its dense rich mouth feel, complexity, and long finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, and 2% Malbec.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,350
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Clean, clear and well made, this wine is a classic expression of Chardonnay. Peach, apricot and cream aromas are medium in their intensity. The palate opens up bold and inviting, with powerful white grape and peach flavors, a good dose of fresh acidity to drive the palate, and a finish of bold fruit and creamy oak.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
3.50 5
03/17/2014

Rather perfumy on the nose with creamy raw almond undertones to the slightly spicy pineapple and pear fruit on the nose. This turns even more floral with air. Crisp on entry with nice bright acids driving an apple laden midpalate that picks up some creme brulee and key lime pie flavors on the backend. Just a slightly creamy edge adds textural detail to the fairly bright midpalate. the flavors are a bit simple and lack the brightness of the texture, but this is so easy to drink, finishing with a lightly veneer of oak spice and vanilla. Has a certain elegance to it but is simple. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/08/2013

Ripe and jammy on the nose with a nice base of well judged mocha, vanilla oak and a dusting of clove over soft, slightly minty black currant fruit. This is rather bright on entry with rich ripe prune and blackberry flavors supported by vibrant acidity, almost too vibrant in that it lends a citrus cast to the palate., though it does make this easy to drink. The ripeness eventually breaks through the acid barrier and the wood adds its weight on the backend before this fades on a modest, slightly dry and woody finish. Still it easy to drink and the freshness combined with the powerful fruit makes for an attractive package, though it tastes a bit like black currant jam on toast with cinnamon sugar. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/09/2012

This is quite oaky on the nose with tea, black spice and sweet vanilla aromas over some soft prune fruit. Rather large-scaled in the mouth with a soft, rich and creamy texture and some obvious alcohol on the palate. The mid-palate shows a lot of wood tannins. Creamy caramel and dried ginger accents to the cranberry and red cherry fruit pick up some mint on the modest, drying finish. 84pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/15/2010

Young notes on the nose recall coffee cream with a buttery edge over jammy red fruits with hints of herb, leather and a touch of medicinal, cola syrup. On the palater this is balanced with prominent acidity and emerging floral inner mouth perfume. It’s a bit tight on the mid-palate with good extract and a chewy feel, yet this is not particularly rich feeling. There’s a bit of vanilla that peaks out on the moderate finish, which is balanced by notes of chocolate, tobacco and cassis fruit. This may very well improve with age as almost every Mondavi Reserve has, but I have some doubts about where this is headed. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 02/15/2010

From 6 liter This starts out a bit shallow on the nose with significant notes of herbs and tea dominating the aromatics. The fruit is there, rather compact, dark and not particularly distinctive. On the palate this offers an attractive blend of toast, gravel dust, light smoke and tomato leaf tones that add complexity to the fruit. It’s a touch lean, but is almost silky with an elegant, refined feel and a nice, crisp finish. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
4.00 5
Vintage: 1981 02/15/2010

Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.From 6 liter This is quite obviously old with notes of carrots and parsnips on the nose that slowly fade into the background, adding a dusty vegetal character to the emergent black currant fruit. On the palate this is fully resolved with a silky feel and complex, layered flavors of sweet fruit, cedar, cigarbox tones and hints of freshly cut grass and roasted coffee beans on the long finish. There is no doubt that this is past prime, even in this large format, but the wine still is captivating, with excellent balance. 90pts


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Member Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,350
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mrs Chicago
146698873
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 02/13/2014

Good buy


Snooth User: Dan183
61195774
4.00 5
10/21/2010

Excellent all around wine, great for mostly any occasion.


Snooth User: solargecko
488684281
0.00 5
10/09/2010

Recommended by WYPR's Cellar Notes (as a picnic wine).

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  • Snooth User: ijpanko
    117017028
    4.00 5
    12/26/2012

    very smooth, very nice


    Snooth User: woodiah
    34673312
    3.00 5
    01/05/2010

    Rich

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    Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    89065213,329
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2010 11/08/2013

    Four and a half glasses


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    External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley

    External Review
    Source: The Wine Buyer
    Vintage: 2012 12/11/2013

    This Cabernet Sauvignon brims with blackberries, plums and spices, with soft oak nuances from barrel aging.


    External Review
    Source: WineExpress.com
    Vintage: 2012 12/12/2014

    Here is a famous Cabernet from a California legend. Velvety layers of blackberry, plum and cassis highlight this Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The complex interplay of aromas and flavors in the wine come from these vineyards planted in varied soils throughout California's Central Coast. The winemaker carefully selected the grapes to ensure rich, ripe character with soft tannins. The most recent available vintage will be sent, it may vary from the vintage indicated above.


    External Review
    Source: The Wine Buyer
    Vintage: 2012 11/22/2014

    A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet at its best: Remarkably rich and concentrated. Tantalizing entry - almost sweet with blackberry essence, it evolves into a plush, mouth filling compote of black fruit, beautifully integrated with woodsy and mineral notes, mocha, tobacco and clove. For all its volume the delivery is surprisingly fresh and supple, with a long, mocha-infused finish.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 10/04/2012

    Excellent representation of a Napa Valley cab at a great value! Opens with dark cherries and plums before sliding into ripe fruit and suttle oak.Enjoy with a nice filet mignon! Robert Mondavi Website


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    12/17/2014

    The rich, vibrant essence of Chardonnay: Bright, enticing fruity aromas - juicy Honeycrisp apple, citrus-laced Asian pear, ripe melon and fresh quince - are intermingled with vanilla-scented crème brûlée, subtle minerality, and traces of warm hazelnut and clove. These elements segue seamlessly to the palate, offering a lush, creamy mouth feel impeccably balanced by crisp, mouthwatering acidity. - Winery Alcohol: 13.5% by volume Total acid: 6.5g/L Final pH: 3.47 Residual sugar: 1.39 g/L


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    11/08/2013

    Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from cool-climate Central Coast grapes and has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, and Petit Verdot. The wine has a smooth texture and sweet, red-fruit character that distinguishes California's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. Flavors of cherry and blueberry, along with smoky oak and vanilla accents invigorate the palate and provide a lengthy finish. Enjoy with standing rib roasts, grilled steak, roast duck, spareribs, lasagna, or flavorful hard cheeses. - WineryVARIETAL COMPOSITION80% Cabernet Sauvignon9% Syrah3% Merlot3% Petite Sirah3% Cabernet Franc1% Tannat1% Petit VerdotAPPELLATION74% Monterey County19% Paso Robles4% San Benito County3% Santa Barbara CountyOAK AGING: 12 months in French/American OakTA: 6.0g/LpH: 3.7ALCOHOL: 13.5%


    External Review
    Source: WineExpress.com
    12/12/2014

    The Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville is surrounded by the famous To-Kalon Vineyard with its acres of Cabernet vines up to 35 years of age. That's what makes their Oakville Cabernet so special. For this 2011 93% of the grapes were sourced from the To-Kalon Vineyard. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Fermentation and extended maceration lasted a full 38 days, maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The wine was aged in 92% new French oak barrels for 20 months. Beverge Dyanmics Magazine scored it 95 points saying "Dark in the glass with plenty of dark fruit note on the noes, the wine is rich, with hints if spice and herbs; an exceptionally long finish, with great balance."


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    An intriguingly deep color leads to highly fragrant aromas and fleshy dark fruits, sage, bay leaf, and a gentle touch of black pepper spice on the palate with a savory finish that works seamlessly together. The lively freshness and good structure came easily with the cooler season, and patient barrel maturation provided exactly what we love about Oakville Cabernet: its dense rich mouth feel, complexity, and long finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, and 2% Malbec.

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    Alcohol: 14%

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