1995 Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley

1995 Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley

Product: 19958008277
1995 Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley

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It would not be an overstatement to claim that Robert Mondavi has been the single biggest influence in Californian wine in the last 34 years. In 1966 after a row, Robert left the family firm and founded his own winery in Oakville. The company is now run by Robert`s two sons, with Michael as chief executive and Tim as winemaker. It produces a wide range of wines but is probably best known for its benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon and in particular its Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

This deep ruby-red offering shows brick red around the edges, consistent with its twenty-odd years in bottle. The warm, generous nose shows a typical profusion of black fruits, tobacco spice and just a hint of porcini mushroom. The palate follows suit, those cassis and dark cherry flavours complemented by a slight biltong edge. A complex and perfectly balanced Napa Cabernet.
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Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi

It would not be an overstatement to claim that Robert Mondavi has been the single biggest influence in Californian wine in the last 34 years. His family owned the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena and Robert worked there for many years. After a family row he left the company in 1966 and created his own winery in Oakville. The company is now run by Robert`s two sons, with Michael as chief executive and Tim as winemaker.

It produces a wide range of wines but is probably best known for its benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon and in particular its Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which are sourced from the To-Kalon vineyard at Oakville, are barrel fermented and the wine is then aged in French barriques for 18-20 months. It possesses considerable depth and power as well as being supremely well balanced and is consistently one of California's greatest red wines.

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Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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The Wine Advocate92-96/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate92-96/100
Robert Mondavi's 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is not far below the quality of the 1994. The 1995 boasts an opaque purple color, great ripeness and richness of fruit, that multi-layered and multi-dimensional character that is so much a characteristic of the 1994, full body, plenty of ripe, sweet tannin, and a long, spicy finish. The 1995 does not yet exhibit the expansiveness and depth of the 1994, but it is certainly a wine that should equal Mondavi's fabulous 1991 and 1990, in addition to surpassing the 1992 and 1993 Reserves. It is another 20-30 year Cabernet Sauvignon that will be delicious young, yet age effortlessly for three decades. (Tasted in barrel.)
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - The Wine Advocate, June 1997
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