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Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Carneros Unfiltered 1999

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is selected from our finest Napa Valley vineyards, sites that yield complex, long-lived wines. Each of these exceptional vineyards has a distinct personality - a combination of specific site, mesoclimate, soils, clonal selections and cultivation techniques -- that contributes layers upon layers of flavors to the wine. Opulent dark fruit notes of cassis, black cherry and berry reflect grapes grown on the deep soils of the Oakville bench. Nuances of spice, minerals, licorice and violet weave through the highly extracted, velvety flavors. We handcrafted the wine with a long maceration, 17 months of aging in new French chateau barrels, gentle barrel-to-barrel racking, and bottling without filtration.

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 Chardonnay Carneros Unfiltered

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Snooth User: Dr Dave
4201127
3.00 5
02/05/2008

I thought it was over-rated for a reserve cab. I expected more. It wasn't offensive, but it wasn't particularly amazing, either, that it should have been granted any sort of reserve status. Here's to hoping the winemaker selects better lots for reserve in the future. D-{


Snooth User: chadrich
84811274
4.00 5
09/02/2008

Wow! Still drinking great in 2008. A beautiful rich, well made bottle of wine. Velvety on the palate with well balanced acidity and tannins. A mouthfull of black and red fruits with some tobacco and leather notes. Finish is long and smooth. Nose is robust and inviting.


Snooth User: winedesign
902287
5.00 5
09/29/2008

A special at the Capital Grill recently, truly surprised at the depth of this wine. excellent


Snooth User: mbr
563455
5.00 5
04/13/2008

A full bodied and very smooth and deep wine. Great legs and color


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
06/24/2012

Wonderfully rich, noble nose with hints of eucalyptus. Rich red and black berry fruit on the palate with some menthol. Lovely structure and mouthfeel. Great balance and in its sweet spot. Drinking very well presently. 97 pts. 5/26/12


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.50 5
08/02/2009

Panicked when I first opened it, because it smelled like bandaids. That happily blew off almost immediately, revealing layers of cassis, pllum, spice, and smoothly integrated tannins. This was a classic Napa Cab, aged to perfection. It may have another year in it, but its beautifully drinkable now so I wouldn't wait.


Snooth User: queenbeachiee
11938635
3.00 5
01/11/2009

a nice choice, as a second bottle.


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External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Carneros Unfiltered

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The rich and intense 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a saturated ruby/purple color and is sweet and dark, with a complex nose of creme de cassis, blackberry, subtle oak, and smoke. It is medium to full-bodied and seems richer, fuller, and more intense than the 2004, but again reminds me of a St.-Julien made in Napa.


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

Bright ruby-red. Complex, sweet nose combines black cherry, blackcurrant, gravel, licorice and graphite. Silky, minerally and sweet, with terrific intensity and thrust, not to mention inner-mouth energy. Finishes with a firm spine of ripe tannins and very persistent, mouthcoating fruits and minerals. This is a full 15.3% alcohol but I never would have guessed it. Interestingly, associate winemaker Gonzalez told me he particularly likes the power of the 2003 reds here, ldquo;especially in their youth.rdquo; But this has real verve.


External Review
03/19/2009

This flagship wine shows impeccable balance and finesse. It'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 flavor... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


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

A purple-rimmed, glossy deep scarlet wine. Oak tones preempt fruit: earth, olive, smoke; then cassis, tobacco, vanilla. Huge extract reminiscent of plums. Rather tannic, but still coming together mdash; a sure bet for aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

An enormously complex and sophisticated wine that combines great flavors with uncommon finesse. Dark, sleek, rich and polished, it has a delicious core of concentrated cola, currant, plum and blackberry, and a tremendous finish. Best from 2004 through 2014. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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

The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserversquo;s big, sweet nose reveals aromas of cregrave;me de cassis, licorice, cedar, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, restrained, and made in a distinctively Bordeaux style, it possesses admirable purity, texture, and length. It is delicate and poised as opposed to flamboyant, and should age easily for 15ndash;18 years.


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

A wonderful expression of stylish Cabernet thatrsquo;s ripe, fleshy, complex and layered, highlighting ripe currant, wild berry and blueberry, with touches of cedar and cigar box. The flavors gain traction on the finish. Drink now through 2022.


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Our 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is selected from our finest Napa Valley vineyards, sites that yield complex, long-lived wines. Each of these exceptional vineyards has a distinct personality - a combination of specific site, mesoclimate, soils, clonal selections and cultivation techniques -- that contributes layers upon layers of flavors to the wine. Opulent dark fruit notes of cassis, black cherry and berry reflect grapes grown on the deep soils of the Oakville bench. Nuances of spice, minerals, licorice and violet weave through the highly extracted, velvety flavors. We handcrafted the wine with a long maceration, 17 months of aging in new French chateau barrels, gentle barrel-to-barrel racking, and bottling without filtration.

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