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Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Stags Leap District Unfiltered 1998

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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 Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Aroma: In the nose, ripe black fruit aromas merge with hints of cedar, black licorice and a pinch of nutmeg and clove. Appearance: The wine’s deep, dark color signals the density of its flavors and opulent texture. Tasting Notes: In the mouth, the wine has a silky entry. Dense, fleshy flavors of blackberry, black plum and cassis envelop the mid-palate, enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. The rich finish lasts forever. A freshly youthful wine with the confident authority that comes from excellent vineyard sources and superlative winemaking.

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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

Tasting Notes:

Rich layers of cassis, boysenberry and black cherry slowly unfold in our Robert Mondavi 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Intriguing nuances of spice, cedar forest and licorice heighten the wine's complexity. The excellent structure, with broad, muscular tannins and a long, velvety finish, promises even greater development with bottle aging for 15 or more years.

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 Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 81% Oakville AVA, including 53% To Kalon Vineyard; 19% Stags Leap District Varietal Composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot Aroma: In the nose, ripe black fruit aromas merge with hints of cedar, black licorice and a pinch of nutmeg and clove. Appearance: The wine’s deep, dark color signals the density of its flavors and opulent texture. Tasting Notes: In the mouth, the wine has a silky entry. Dense, fleshy flavors of blackberry, black plum and cassis envelop the mid-palate, enhanced by elegantly powerful tannins. The rich finish lasts forever. A freshly youthful wine with the confident authority that comes from excellent vineyard sources and superlative winemaking.

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Notes: 85% New French Oak Barrels


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