1987 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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1987 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

(retasted at Mondavi) Very good full medium ruby. Currant, black cherry, roast coffee, cedar, leather, tobacco, truffle and black olive on the flamboyant nose. Sappy, youthfully tight flavors of currant and tobacco leaf, with a faint gamey nuance. Very ripe and rich but adamantly dry. Strong finish features big, ripe tannins. A superb bottle, far closer in character to my memory of this wine than the more politely styled example shown at the group tasting.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 104

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Wine Advocate | 97

This extraordinary wine is backward and unevolved, but even neophytes will recognize its potential greatness. The opaque, saturated, dark purple color reveals no sign of age. The huge, smoky, oaky, blackcurrant, herb, and vanillin-scented nose only hints at what will be achieved with further evolution. Sweet, decadently rich, dense, highly extracted flavors are wrapped around a full-bodied, chewy, super-concentrated, moderately tannic wine that, ideally, needs 7-8 more years of cellaring. It is a 25 to 30 year California Cabernet Sauvignon that is just beginning to become civilized. A potential legend in the making!

Drink Dates: 2002-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 94

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Wine Spectator | 93

Dark, ripe and intense, with a rich core of cedar, currant, anise and spice flavors, finishing with a firm tannic edge. Impressive for its detailed, integrated flavors and fine balance.--1987 California Cabernet horizontal.

Drink Dates: 1997-2003
Author: James Laube


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Score: 89
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/08/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2014
earthy and past prime but only slightly. still an enjoyable complex Napa cab.

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Score: 93
Author: Rutiger
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/09/2013
Ridge component tasting with Brian & Brian. Tasted alongside '89 Pichon-Baron. Outstanding old California Cab.
Score: 92
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/28/2011
Drink Dates: 1993-2006
Dark color with aromas of earth. Somewhat dried out but still has amazing length. This was tasted alongside the 1986 and was remarkably similar though more austere and less fruit. Amazing wine for its age.
Score: 86
Author: Kevin T560
Tasted On: 01/02/2011
Score: 90
Author: cuje
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 07/10/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve:

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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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