Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Stags Leap District Unfiltered 1998
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.
Food Pairings for Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Stags Leap District Unfiltered
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.
Notes: 85% New French Oak Barrels
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