1986 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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1986 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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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.

Drink Dates: 1996-2006
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 106

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Score: 95
Author: 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.
Score: 90
Author: Ronald P
Tasted On: 02/08/2007
2/5/07 drinking fine; still tannic with fruit
More Vintages and Sizes of Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve:

2004 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)
1996 (750ml)

About This Producer


Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 and for decades has produced quality California wines that represent New World innovation on a global scale. The winery is located in Oakville, at the center of Napa Valley. The Mondavi family is well known for its dedication to research and experimentation in winemaking, as well as for helping establish the modern-day wine business in the post-Prohibition era. Some of Mondavi's innovations include the introduction of cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and the use of French oak barrels in the late 1960s. Furthermore, Mondavi's technological innovations to improve the quality of wine and its focus on natural farming techniques have made a fundamental impact on the industry as a whole. For over 20 years Mondavi has been a leader in environmental responsibility, promoting sustainable farming and conservation.

The Robert Mondavi Winery produces wine in four categories: Napa Valley Wines, District Wines, Reserve Wines, and Limited Availability Wines. The Napa Valley wines are made from fruit blended across the region, whereas the District wines reflect the terroir of a particular appellation within the Valley. The Reserve wines are made from selected vineyard fruit that benefits from cellar aging. The Limited Availability Wines are unique varietal expressions (or blends) whose fruit is sourced from venerable vineyards throughout the Napa Valley and Carneros.

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