1993 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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1993 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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Wine Advocate | 93

Tasting through Robert Mondavi's portfolio continues to reinforce my impression that this winery is undeniably the spiritual and qualitative leader of that sector of the California wine industry dedicated to producing world-class wines. What is so admirable about the entire Mondavi operation is that they continue to push their wines to higher and higher qualitative levels. Their nearly obsessive pursuit of bottling the wines with no manipulation has led to the majority of Mondavi's white wines being bottled without filtration - an extraordinary testament to their commitment to natural wines and superb quality. Mondavi has also inaugurated a line-up of Italian-inspired varietals (Barbera, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Malvasia, and Tocai) in designer bottles. While the quality is good, those products have not yet hit the heights of the firm's other wines. Rest assured, that will change. While most wine collectors concentrate on Mondavi's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon program (and why not?), this winery has been turning out fine, unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa and from their Oakville vineyard. Mondavi produces 10,000-15,000 cases of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which reflect the vintages' personalities, ranging from elegant, graceful, structured wines (1992), and blockbuster, massive, concentrated wines (1987), to wonderfully fragrant, velvety-textured wines of exceptional intensity that can be drunk young (1990, 1993, and 1994). The wine has been particularly strong since 1990 (although my palate still says 1987 is the vintage to beat), with a succession of glorious Reserves. The most tannic and backward is the 1991, and the most promising are the 1990, 1991, and 1994. The most underrated is the 1993. The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve outperformed the 1992 at the winery, revealing a concentrated, splendidly saturated dark purple color, wonderfully sweet, intense aromas of chocolate, smoke, vanilla beans, and rich blackcurrant fruit. The wine tastes more extracted than the 1992, with a sweeter, more expansive, glycerin-imbued mid-section and finish. Although it carries as much tannin as the 1992, the tannin is riper as well as better integrated. The 1993 is a 25-30 years wine that ideally needs another 4-5 years of cellaring. All things considered, there is plenty to be excited about at the Robert Mondavi winery.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 90

Sleek, elegant and long on finesse, with a mature, supple tapestry of currant, plum and dried berry fruit. The chewy tannins firm up and give backbone to the finish.--1993 California Cabernet retrospective. 17,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Zarm
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 12/06/2012
Interesting to compare to the 1990, which had more secondary aromas. This had the same truffle smell though, just not quite as strong. Decent primary fruit left. I'd say this on the tail end of peak. Little acidic. Otherwise, delicious, elegant, medium-weight red-fruit cab. Mondavi Reserve has never let me down.

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Author: Chez Fisher
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/24/2012
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Author: stujakub
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/23/2008
stuartjakub.googlepages.com Dark purple, supply and rich color. Burnt old leather and a little smokiness. Dark rich fruits, blueberry. Medium mouth feel, with drying sweet tannins. Strong hold on the finish with some tobacco. Solid and chocolatly
Score: 80
Author: Daniel F397
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/14/2008
Pretty boring at this point really, having lost most of its fruit but not picked up too much in the way of aged highlights. I can't attest to how this wine was stored, and it very well could have been an off bottle.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve:

2010 (375ml)
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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