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2005 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml
2005 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($135) Good saturated ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cassis, raspberry, tobacco leaf, cigar box and nutty oak (100% new). A step up in concentration and flesh from the appellation wines but not at all a blockbuster in the context of Oakville wine (this is 81% from To-Kalon fruit). Fat, mouthfilling and deep but quite closed today, with its serious tannic structure apparent. I picked up a very ripe note of almost honeyed tobacco as well as a floral high tone, a medicinal element and a leafy hint. This long and classy wine needs time to harmonize in the bottle and may ultimately merit a higher rating. These 2005s are carrying alcohol in the high 14s, noted winemaker Janssens, but the To-Kalon Vineyard generally produces fruit with pHs in the 3.6 range, which is on the low side for ripe cabernet from Napa Valley.

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WA
90+

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 180

The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve's big, sweet nose reveals aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, cedar, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, restrained, and made in a distinctively Bordeaux style, it possesses admirable purity, texture, and length. It is delicate and poised as opposed to flamboyant, and should age easily for 15-18 years.

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WS
92

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Sleek, elegant and polished. A refined yet rich and complex effort, with a mix of mint, currant, bay leaf, sage and dusty berry flavors. Firms up on the finish, where the tannins are firm yet supple and integrated.

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Community Reviews

91

Todd7 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 03/18/2013

Similar notes as last time. Good, not great. I think this vintage has already hit its prime. The tannins were well integrated and the fruit tasted as if it was beginning to fade.

90

Yamadori Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 01/02/2012

93

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 09/22/2011

Initially tasted a little stewed, but opened up beautifully with air. No fruit bomb, the flavors tend to be more earthy with some cedar, tobacco, and mint. Elegant and smooth.

Jerry G74 Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 05/15/2010

Wine Advocate # 180 Dec 2008 Robert Parker 90+ Drink: N/A $80-$140 (100) The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve's big, sweet nose reveals aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, cedar, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, restrained, and made in a distinctively Bordeaux style, it possesses admirable purity, texture, and length. It is delicate and poised as opposed to flamboyant, and should age easily for 15-18 years.

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