1995 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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1995 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)

Deep, saturated red-ruby. Lively, complex aroma dominated by blackcurrant, licorice and tobacco. Sweet and quite deep but very tightly wrapped. Much more difficult to taste than it was prior to bottling. Finishes with tongue-saturating tannins. Very firmly structured; today, the wine acids and tannins have not yet harmonized. A drier, serious style of cabernet, in need of bottle aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Wine Advocate | 93

The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is slightly less impressive than when I tasted it last year, although still an outstanding wine. I may have caught it at a closed stage following bottling. There are 15,000-20,000 cases of Reserve Cabernet made, and in 1995, a quintessentially elegant style has been produced. The wine is less weighty than the 1994, 1991, or 1990. It has great promise and raw materials, with superb fruit and richness, medium body, and subtle lead pencil notes to go along with black currant, mineral, and pain grille scents and flavors. Based on this tasting, I would lower my overall rating, but it is still an exceptional California Cabernet Sauvignon made in a compellingly elegant, graceful style. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2018. Mondavi is adding a number of new regionally labeled Cabernet Sauvignons to their portfolio. In addition to their Oakville cuvee, they have a Stag's Leap District Cabernet, and a single vineyard wine from their famed To-Kalon plantation.

Drink Dates: 2000-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Wine Spectator | 94

Ripe, dark, dense and earthy, with a rich core of currant, mineral and spice. Shows off pretty, toasty, spicy oak too, all the while maintaining a tremendous sense of elegance and finesse.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: James Laube


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Score: 90
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/04/2014
Drink Dates: 2013-2016
Core of ripe dark berry, red berry and cherry fruit. Slight tartness with olive and herb notes. Decent concentration but this fades on the finish which disappoints with its shortness. Still enjoyable but doesn't completely satisfy.
Score: 94
Author: Zarm
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 10/07/2013
Truffle and cherry leather aromas; elegant Margaux like cal cab. Has plenty of life left, but in a really great place now.
Score: 94
Author: moonjockey
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 06/18/2013
Score: 95
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 09/29/2012
Score: 91
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/09/2011
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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