About Robert Mondavi Winery
The Robert Mondavi Winery benefits uses the outstanding To-Kalon vineyard in Napa Valley to produce its acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Oakhill District Cabernet Sauvignons. Founded in 1966 by New World wine ambassador Robert Mondavi, the Mondavi Winery has set the standard for production and marketing strategy in Napa Valley.
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87 Points | Wine Spectator
97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Stands the test of time
WS downgraded this to an 87 in 2004 from a 94. That is absolute nonsense. True, this wine has mellowed with time, but this is what great mature wine is SUPPOSED to be. It is well structured with all components showing equal amounts maturity. I agree that it is more Bordeaux-like than Napa at this point, especially on the nose, but there is still a strong fruit component that is very well balanced with the earthy characteristics. There are still notable tannins - very refined, but still substantial. The finish still goes on for close to 40 seconds and reveals spicy qualities. It is very harmonious overall. There is not a hint of anything bad about this wine. Perhaps it was in a "dumb" phase in 2004 when WS tasted it again.
More Bordeaux than California. If you're looking for big fruit, go somewhere else. A great, complex, intellectual wine.
Best of 3
In a tasting at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington we compared the '88, '94 and 2000 Reserve. The '94 was outstanding. Great now and certainly a few years from now!
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Powerful, big, earthy. Ready to roll if you decant and serve with good cut of steak. Best mondavi I've had.
Drank it side by side with the 94 Arrowood Reserve Cab.... and the Arrowood blew it away. The 94 Mondavi is smooth for sure, but not as much body or finish as I expected.
Not worth the money
This wine was smoothe, but not very memorable. There are plenty of better wines for less than half of what this costs.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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