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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90 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92-95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1999
Saturated deep ruby. Pungent, superripe aromas of cassis, blueberry, minerals and brown spices. A step up in flavor intensity and density. Lovely combination of sweet fruit and solid acid/tannin backbone. Quite firm and extremely long on the aftertaste. An outstanding early showing for this wine.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
Something Very Special
This is the finest red wine I have ever tasted. Expensive, yes , but worth it for a very special occasion.
Over Price Calif. Cab.
Dark ruby in color with currant, plum and spice in aromas. Medium to full-bodied with complex and long finish. The tannins is elegant and silky. Just too pricey ($125)!
Bright ruby color, full of currant touch, and fresh fruit on the nose. (89-90)
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What's with the hype?
Maybe it is me, but this wine is very far from 98+ that Parker conferred upon it. It doesn't have the fruit I would expect and I just don't see that coming back. Incredibly high alcohol and sharp tannins. Maybe with lots of age and mellowing this will come together but for $120 a bottle, isn't that a big risk to take? Just can't justify that price for this wine. Many other things I'd buy before this....
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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