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1986 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml
1986 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1986 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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Professional Reviews


Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 106

A strong showing for this offering from Mondavi, 1986 was a transitional year for the Mondavi philosophy of Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking. The unfiltered school of winemaking, which ended in 1974, resumed in 1987, yet had not taken full hold in 1986. Nevertheless, Mondavi had already moved away from the excessive manipulation and acidification practiced during the 1975-1985 era. The 1986 reveals a deep, ruby/garnet color with an opaque middle and vague lightening at the edge. The expressive bouquet offers up scents of jammy cassis, tobacco, and damp earth. Sweet and ripe, this full-bodied, soft, seamless, velvety-textured wine was tasting exceptionally well. Although fully mature, it is capable of lasting another 7-10 years. A very delicious, complex, elegant Cabernet. The tasting notes for this section are from two single blind tastings, one conducted in May, 1996, in California, and the other in June, 1996, in Baltimore.

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Community Reviews


botro Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/23/2011 Drink Dates: 1994-2010

As far as I can recall, this is the oldest California wine I have ever tasted, and I am so impressed. The wine is dark in the glass with aromas of dark fruit and earth. Austere on the tongue and somewhat old-world in character with a lot of tannin and fruit that is drying out. I would argue that the wine is past peak but still great for a well aged wine. This was tasted alongside the 1987 version which I found slightly drier with less fruit. If you are fortunate to have some of this wine, you could enjoy it now or keep for more years to see further evolution. Score reflects my admiration by +3.


Ronald P Tasted On: 02/08/2007

2/5/07 drinking fine; still tannic with fruit

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