Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley 1993
The Reserve candidates receive the finest, most labor-intensive winemaking techniques and highest percentage of new oak barrels of any of our wines. We gently crushed the grapes and fermented the must with a combination of cultured and native yeasts for greater complexity. Extended skin contact, totaling 32 days, naturally softened the grape tannins and enhanced varietal intensity. The wine underwent a long malo-lactic fermentation in barrels to soften acidity and give roundness on the palate, followed by more than 19 months of aging in small French oak chateau barrels. Because of the richness of this Reserve wine, we selected 90% new French oak barrels. Six barrel-to-barrel rackings and a light egg white fining gently developed and clarified the wine during aging. We bottled the wine unfiltered to retain the rich texture and complex flavors. Fermentation temperature: 85° F.; fermentation length: 5 to 7 days; skin contact: 32 days; Time in French oak chateau barrels: 19.5 months.
Unbelievable. This is a hidden and forgotten gem of the old line Mondavi way. This is a statement of the strength and character that Robert Mondavi believed and proved existed in Napa. I purchased another case to continue to enjoy the aging of this vintage. I last had it in the late 90's and then again a week ago. Buy it and drink it up now!
External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley
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.
The finest Private Reserve since the 1991, 1990, and 1987, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is extraordinary. There are 8,000 cases of the blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and small dollops of Merlot as well as Petit Verdot. A perfume of smoke, camphor, creme de cassis, cedar, and fruitcake is accompanied by a gentle giant of a wine. Powerful and impeccably balanced, with outstanding concentration, well-integrated wood, acidity, and tannin, and a long, nearly 60-second finish, this saturated ruby-purple-hued effort is a prodigious example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: now-2020+.
Good saturated ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of currant, black cherry, espresso, milk chocolate and flowers; a real essence of Napa Valley cabernet. Enters the palate like silk, then builds slowly toward the back, offering a lovely light touch and plenty of inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes with substantial but very fine tannins that reach the incisors, and lingering perfume.
Shows all the hallmarks of great Mondavi Reserve. Ageworthy and complex, with enormously ripe, rich fruit, classic chocolate, cassis plus cream and spice from new oak. So smoothly voluptuous now, it goes down like velvet, but the tannin-acid balance will easily hold this wine through 2015.
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, this long, rich, impressively-endowed, stunning Cabernet will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age, and should age for two decades. I suppose it will always be difficult to comprehend that this winery is no longer being run by Robert Mondavi and his sons, Tim and Michael. However, their legacy of quality and their contribution to the appreciation of fine wine in the United States is irrefutable. These offerings, made by Tim Mondavi and his staff, are very impressive.
Wonderful intensity, beautifully crafted, with richness, focus and purity of flavor, offering layers of rich, smoky, mint- and spice-laced currant and blackberry fruit. Persistent, potent aftertaste.
A superrich, polished, multifaceted wine, with layers of ripe currant, blackberry, herb, cedar and sage and a touch of pencil lead. Deep and concentrated, the flavors pour through on the finish, and while the tannins are chewy, the texture is supple. Best from 2005 through 2012.
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The wine is powerful and concentrated, yet elegant and supple. Beautifully articulated flavors of cassis, ripe berry and spice lead to a long, velvety finish. This is a wine to lay down for aging -- it has the structure and depth of flavor to reward cellaring. Yet, even in its youth, our 1993 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is balanced and delicious.
Notes: 90% new French oak barrels
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