2002 Robert Mondavi - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($125; 80% from To Kalon fruit) Full medium ruby. Vibrant, highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, violet and licorice. Juicy, lively and light on its feet, with cool, lifted flavors of blackberry, violet, mint and exotic spices. Today, this gives virtually no hint of dehydrated fruit. Offers terrific verve for the vintage, but the substantial ripe tannins call for at least five or six years of additional cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The stylish, elegant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (8,300 cases of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is not as dense as either the M-Bar or Vine Hill Ranch cuvee, but it offers a beautiful marriage of power and elegance. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and dried herb aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Private Reserve, which is somewhat reminiscent of Mondavi's 1978. It's all about harmony, balance, and finesse in 2002.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/30/2014
Drink Dates: 2006-2024
Dark red. Sumo oath tannins. Coming together beautifully. Red fruits, cedar wood, mild incense, and herbs are mixed together to offer a mid-weight, smooth wine. Expected more from the reserve bottling. Disappoints when compared to the less expensive Napa or Oakville bottles. Bad QPR

Rating: 92
Author: WineRyan
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/19/2009
92% CS, 7% Merlot, 6% CF. Great color. Soft on palate, lots of fruit, round. Medium to long pleasant finish.

Average rating: 88, based on 4 reviews
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86 bottles owned by 50 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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