2001 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley

2001 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley

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94 Points Wine Advocate, 2011
94 Points Wine Spectator
94 Points Wine Advocate, 2005
92 Points Vinous Media

Customer Ratings

Based on 17 ratings
Take a Cab home to Napa

Still a bit tight, but once it opens up with some air it does not disappoint. A strong earthy nose foretells even better things to come. Full bodied, rich dark fruit, cedar, chocolate, and on and on… I found myself holding the wine in my mouth for arguably inappropriate amounts of time due to the range of flavors and wonderful mouth-feel. Chewy tannins mark a lingering 45+ second finish. This is a graceful-ager. Outstanding!

Big Powerful California Cab

This wine is very nice wine...tannic, fleshy, with smoke and tobacco flavors..Big Bold flavors and a long finish. Wine is excellent now, but will excel to almost perfection with a few years of cellaring..FANTASTIC WINE!! "Cent-anni"

Fantasitc

Big and oaky flavors.

Magic

Big, bold and beautiful. I agree with others that the Stags Leap and Oakville little brothers are good and in some years may even be better i.e. 2002, but the 2001 Reserve is Great and stands apart from all but the early '90's versions. Skip the 2002 and zero in on this baby. You can drink it now, but you may have to take a few steps back after you unleash it so it can unwind. Better to lay a few down for a bit of nap and then wake them up for a coming out party in a few years along with your favorite slice of beast. Dissapointment will not be on the menu.

About Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley 2001

An excellent vintage with deep, concentrated, well-structured wines, especially in Napa Valley. A dry winter and a warm, dry spring got things off to a quick start, but in April a bad frost (the worst in 30 years) hit Northern California hard. Fruit set was damaged and yields were clipped from the get-go.

The dry winter conditions that continued into March and April, combined with a significant heat spike in March, got the vines moving early. But the risk of frost damage hovered, and indeed a cold spell lasting up to 10 days resulted in the worst frost in 20 years, with temperatures regularly lower than 30°F in early April. In the Central Valley, a few overnight temperatures went into the mid 20°s. The result was crop size reduced by 20% in some varieties.

The cold snap was followed by the hottest May on record, and it continued with what proved to be the third hottest June on record. This kept the harvest looking like it would be on the early side, and the vines were about two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

But the frost took its toll, and even with significant new planting coming online the harvest would still end up short. Yet the silver lining was that the small crop would reach superb levels of concentration and the wines would show in their depth, richness, and structure. After such a crazy start, growers were relieved when July, August, and September turned out to be pretty uneventful, and conditions remained favorable through the end of harvest. Growers had the luxury of waiting to pick at optimum ripeness, and the result was a solid but small crop of superb wines.

Key Dates

March
Late bud break, 10 days earlier than normal

April
The worst frost in 30 years

May
Set heat records

July
Cool and foggy weather

September
Warm and dry

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