2009 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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2009 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 92-95

(includes 9% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot; almost entirely from To-Kalon fruit): Good ruby-red. Very pure aromas of cassis, black cherry and minerals. Plush, creamy and sweet, with dense flavors of crushed dark berries and minerals. More open-knit than the 2008 cabernets I tasted here, and generous for a cool-year wine. Finishes with substantial fine-grained tannins and palate-staining persistence. A lovely expression of the Oakville Bench. Winemaker Genevieve Janssens noted that this blend was made entirely from fruit picked before the big rain but added that the 2008 version (which I was not able to taste) has a larger tannic structure.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 94

Mondavi's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is sumptuous and beautiful. Plums, mocha, cloves and pencil shavings are all woven together in this gorgeous, large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon. All the elements are in the right place. Silky, nuanced tannins frame the voluptuous, caressing finish. A wine of centeredness and gorgeous precision, the 2009 is a true standout. The tannins need a few years to soften, but once that starts to happen, the 2009 should enjoy a long life. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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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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