International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($125) Deep ruby. Reticent but highly nuanced nose hints at black raspberry, cassis, smoke, espresso and minerals. Very complex, rich and sharply focused, with captivating flavors of cassis, bitter chocolate, menthol, tobacco and earth. Rather backward wine, yet suave and seamless; this is balanced from the start but has the structure to develop in bottle for 15 to 20 years. Juicy finish features big, broad tannins and a sweet suggestion of chocolate. Wears its 14.6% alcohol gracefully.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Rating: 94A brilliant effort from Mondavi, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) exhibits complex aromatics of forest floor, sweet black cherry and black currant fruit, vanillin and lead pencil shavings. Dense and powerful as well as elegant and concentrated, the finish reveals moderate tannins, and the wine needs another 4-5 years of cellaring, but it has at least 25 years of upside left.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Excellent, showing tannic flex, with cedary cigar box notes amid a strong array of dark berry flavors. -- Robert Mondavi vertical (December 2015). Drink now through 2022.Author: James Laube
Rating: 17This was a special bottling from the To-Kalon vineyard and seemed much more complex than the 'regular' Reserve already, while also being lush and ripe. Rich and flattering. Dense.More alcoholic and more obviously ripe than the Regular bottling. Not especially bordelais.Author: Jancis Robinson
Rating: 93(14.6% alcohol; 50% To Kalon): Bright, dark red. Lively aromas of cassis, violet and graphite suggest a juicy wine. Boasts terrific claret-like intensity and cut to its flavors of currant, tobacco, minerals, spices and leather; there's a noble rusticity to this wine, which is distinctly Old World in style. Not especially fleshy--especially following the 2002--but finishes with superb cut, soil-driven salinity and length. The serious tannins are still tight. Interestingly, winemaker Janssens views 2001 as a powerful vintage for the Mondavi Reserve. This wine has good acidity but was also the highest vintage in pH (3.76) at the time. - Stephen Tanzer
Self | Rating: 92Author: Gene B881
Self | Rating: 93Author: juglum
Self | Rating: 94Author: Juan K
Self | Rating: 95Author: cobra
Self | Rating: 95Author: NathanL
Self | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2009-2013Author: Rmann
Self | Rating: 94A little light in color for a cab. Strong nose of fruit, earth, leather, oak, and almost wet stone. The mouthfeel makes this wine as the tannins are gone and it's pure velvet on hte tongue. The fruit is optimal right now but not overpowering as the oak softens everything. There's a bit of spice (even Adele commented) that makes this really interesting. Light for a cab, medium bodied. Almost Bordeaux-like.Drink Dates: 2008-2010Author: BillG19
Self | Rating: 94A prodigious wine...this from a magnum...still 5-7 years from maturity but with so much pleasure and potential in reserve. hold/drink with aeration.Author: MJM
Self | Rating: 90A reticent nose of milk chocolate, cherry, and earth. More powerful in the mouth with dusty cherry and earth flavors. Well balanced with integrated acids and tannins. 88% Cabernet, 10% Franc, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot sourced from To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville and Wappo Hill Vineyard in Stags Leap. The winery?s marketing materials claim that the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after 16 months aging in 100% new French oak. Interestingly, Genevieve Janssens, Mondavi?s Director of Winemaking told me the wine was filtered so that it would be stable. Perhaps she was mistaken ? but I really doubt that.Drink Dates: 2008-2014Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 94Celebrated wife's first full marathon with this and two 20 0z. bone in rib eyes for dinner. Should have decanted. Closed for the first two hours. Fruit started to come out after that. Bordeaux like nose, nice acidity and lots of tannins left. Much better with food, will wait a few more years to open my other bottle as this seems have many years left in it.Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: richie g
Self | Rating: 93Color: Dark core, red edges, still youthful Nose & Palate: Black cherry, currants, some cassis and trademark pencil lead from the To Kalon. Nicely complex. The aromas come through on the palate. Rich, but subtle. Showing great balance. Great acidity, almost no oak influence in the wine.Drink Dates: 2007-2018Author: Koby
Self | Rating: 94Deep inky purple core with brickish rim variation. Clean complex bouquet of dark fruit, earth and violets. Dry intense palate of black currant, mineral, truffles and prominent oak spices. Medium acid, long finish and a bit hot on opening that improved with airing. This is very well made oakville classic cab made in the style that makes it so sought after.Author: SurgPA05
Self | Rating: 94Fruit forward yet balanced and with a longer finish than expected. Silky tannins, great wine!!!Author: Victor
Self | Rating: 92Muted nose. Nice fruit, subtle (soft) on palate, light tannin. Medium length finish.Author: WineRyan
Self | Rating:This bottle has the wine makers autograph on it.Author: Elmeron
Self | Rating: 95This is prime! with 67% fruit from their famous vineyard of TO KALON this still opaque purple, dense, primary notes of blue and black fruits and is developing beautiful. Starting to entering a beautiful stage in where 2ndaries notes are just started to flowering this is big, as well balance and depth wine. 88% CS with a 10% of cab franc and 2% PV. This is not just classic Mondavi style this is new world style but well balance to not be over-fruit style. No rush here...but is very, very approachable just need a little decanting and time in your glass.Drink Dates: 2013-2025Author: Jito72
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the and in , and and in .
The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.
Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with , which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this . These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. producers such as , , and consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.
New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like , , and .
All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 2517 bottles owned
- 478 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 478 collectors)