1996 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml

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IWC 94   WA 92   WS 91   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Deep ruby-red. Explosive, somewhat feral, highly aromatic nose of cassis, roast coffee, game, smoky oak and chocolate; shows a very strong torrefaction aspect. Lush, rich and deep; has a pliancy and degree of early personality I find in only the very best young California cabernets. Subtle notes of chocolate and tobacco contribute to the wine appeal. Finishes fairly tannic but very long. Distinctly more layered than the '95.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve may be no better than the Oakville, but it is made in a slightly different style. The color is opaque purple, and the wine reveals more vanillin, a touch of mint, and plenty of black currant fruit in its moderately intense aromatics. Some of the vintage's dry tannin (from this year's stressed vineyard conditions) is present in the wine's finish. A more stylish, restrained, less exuberant example than the 1996 Oakville, it is an outstanding offering that should be consumed between 2002-2025.

Drink Dates: 2002-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Herb, currant and tea scents turn supple and elegant on the palate, picking up a complex note of tar and mineral. Gains depth and richness on the finish and still has firm tannins. Easily the best of three bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: wglastris
Tasted On: 08/24/2009
Worth the wait

Rating:
Author: run dry
Tasted On: 10/31/2010
Still in its prime. Loved it.

Rating: 94
Author: Harry B
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/12/2011

Rating: 93
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/28/2013
Drink Dates: 2004-2014
Very complex, showing mineral notes, green vegetables, olives. This is fully mature but have very good smooth tannins. Enjoy and drink this polished and classic Cabernet within next 12-15 months

Rating: 85
Author: will1408
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/01/2015
Drink Dates: 2012

Average rating: 90, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1867 bottles owned by 615 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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