2003 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley

2003 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley

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93 Points Vinous Media
93 Points Wine Advocate, 2006
93 Points Vinous Media
93 Points Wine Advocate, 2013
87 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 6 ratings
In Memoriam

As an hommage, a few colleagues and I bought and tried this the day Robert Mondavi died. This wine is deep, dark and rich like so many of the great Mondavi Cab Reserves before it. Another job well done.

May it never run out!!!

Yet another fantastic reserve cab blend from some of the masters of the art of wine making, the 2003 Mondavi sits at the top of a bunch of very good wines that in comparison are wanna-be's. Full, lush, complex fruits with excellent balance of oak and tannins, no component is out of step with others. A long and lusty finish, it's a bit pricey but it's well worth it in the world of pricey cabs where many others are higher with less to offer.


Open That Bottle Night. My wife loved it, as did I!

About Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley 2003

A bit of a sleeper vintage, tucked in between the superb 2001, 2002, and 2004 vintages. It wasn’t the easiest of growing seasons, but nevertheless, there are some excellent wines in 2003. Significant rain during the spring kept growers guessing, as they tried to adjust their vineyard management programs to match the conditions, and shatter was a problem. A moderate July was followed by a mid-August period of rain, followed by uneven temperatures that had harvest alternately starting and then stopping as everyone watched the weather and the fruit. Careful canopy management was important, and reading the weather was key to making the right decisions. Overall, summer was below average in terms of temperatures. As the harvest approached, the weather warmed up and dried out, and those who had gotten the canopies and fruit loads right were able to ripen a slightly smaller crop of very good fruit.

The most successful made wines that have been somewhat under the radar, being in the shadow of the other great years surrounding the vintage, and they are worth seeking out as they are relative bargains due to the overall impression of the vintage.

Key Dates

Heavy rainfall

Cooler temperatures

Sporadic rain

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