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Robert Mondavi Winery

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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery 50th Anniversary Maestro  (Napa Valley) 89

Light in color, medium bodied with more fresh, bright red fruits than darker tones. The wine is already open, leaving you with more red berries with hints of licorice in the finish.

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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Franc  (Oakville) 91

Luscious fruits, silky, soft tannins and nuances of leaf, flowers and plums dusted with chocolate. The wine is forward, round and polished. It is already quite tasty.

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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 90

Medium bodied, with ample, fresh, red fruits, soft tannins and earthy complexities. you can drink this on release, should you wish.

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2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard  (Oakville) 94

This is a beauty. It has richness, perfectly ripe, dark red fruits, lush, round, polished tannins and the structure to age for 2-3 decades. Still young, yet everything is so soft, it is already far too easy to enjoy, and the best is yet come. That is, if you can wait for at least a decade or more.

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2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 89

Medium bodied, elegant, ripe, fresh and forward, the wine finishes with sweet, easy drinking black cherries in the end note. This is well made, but it lacks excitement.

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2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard  (Oakville) 94

This is a super Cabernet Sauvignon with a kiss of oak, smoke, blackberries, black cherries, licorice, fresh herbs and cocoa. The wine is sweet, polished, fresh, ripe and elegant, with soft tannins and a long finish.

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2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 87

Light in color, with an herb, red cherry and spicy personality, this is best enjoyed in its youth.

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2010 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Oakville) 93

Classic, classy example of California Cabernet Sauvignon, with 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc added to the blend. In the glass, licorice, oak, smoke, dark berries, earth and cocoa open to a soft, forward, polished, easy like wine that ends with dark chocolate covered blackberries.

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Oakville) 93

With 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot in the blend, this plush, soft, polished style of California wine is packed with ripe blackberries, juicy plums, earth and hints of cigar box. This should age nicely. Give it 5 -10 years in the cellar to dd more softness and complexity.

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2001 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 93

A really pretty wine that would make a great ringer in a blind tasting of Bordeaux with its tobacco, truffle, blackberry, cassis and earthy nose. The wine is rich, soft and round in texture, ending with a sweet, black cherry and cassis filled finish. There is not hurry to drink it, but it's showing great today.

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1997 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 92

Cedar wood, tobacco, herbs and cassis on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, soft, elegant in style, ending with a soft, polished finish.

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Still young, the wine is filled with earth, tobacco, cassis, cocoa and blackberry jam. Full bodied, rich, ripe and round, this delicious expression of California Sauvignon will offer pleasure for at least another decade.

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1997 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard  (Oakville) 95

The second vintage labeled as coming from the To Kalon vineyard displays a complex perfume packed with tobacco, cedar chest, earth, kirsch and forest floor aromas. The perfect wine to insert as a ringer in a blind tasting with a flight of Bordeaux. The wine is rich, pure, elegant, fresh and deep, finishing with cherries, cassis, dark fruits and spice.

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1996 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 93

On the nose, tobacco, cassis and blackberry sensations that move to a full bodied, concentrated blast of ripe, sweet, ripe, plums and black fruits This is ready to go.

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1995 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 92

Bricked in color, this bottle seemed like it was fading with its full mature bouquet of tobacco, smoke, earth, cassis and spicy nose. The wine was soft and polished with all its tannin resolved, but I think this was a bit richer a year or two ago. Drink up...

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1994 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 95

Licorice, tobacco and cassis in the nose, the wine is soft, supple and round in texture, ending with a sweet, fresh cassis, black , cherry filled, dusty finish. Mature and ready to go. This represents great value in a mature, California Cabernet Sauvignon wine.

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Mushroom, earth, blackberry, herb, tobacco and tar filled perfume notes start off the wine4. Full bodied, concentrated and balanced, this exciting wine should age for years.

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1991 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 97

This is one of those great, classic, California Cabernet Sauvignon wines that really delivers the goods. Dark in color, full bodied, concentrated, and with a true depth of flavor and complexity, I can see drinking this in 20 years. It might be through a straw, but it is some serious juice!

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Popped and poured, the wine was all about the classic Bordeaux Left Bank aromas of tobacco, cassis and leafy aromas. Concentrated and full bodied, the fruit filled finish packed a punch in all the right ways you'd expect from a mature, classic California wine.

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The perfect example of classic, California Cabernet Sauvignon at its best. Sweet, fresh, red and black fruits, complex aromatics and a long, sweet, supple, round finish that leaves you with fruit and freshness. This is showing great today and could get even better. For a wine this good, I think it's still selling for a song.

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If you are seeking a California Cabernet Sauvignon to bring as a ringer to a Bordeaux tasting, this is the wine. Tobacco, smoke, earth, stone, cassis and black cherry , fill the nose. The wine is concentrated, fresh, deep and long, with just the right amount of crispness and a hint of herb and green olive in the finish. For a wine of this quality, with close to 25 years of bottle age, this is a steal in the marketplace today.

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1991 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be a future legend in the making. Everytime I taste it, I am reminded of the $25 I paid and love it all the more. This packed and stacked California Cabernet Sauvignon has everything working in all the right places. A nose filled with licorice, cocoa, earth, blackberry jam, truffle, cigar box and spice. With an intense concentration of flavor, ripe, round tannins and a long, fresh, pure, black and red berry finish, this is so young at 20 years of age, if it’s well stored, this could give pleasure until it hits 50. Bravo! From a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this could easily pass as an outstanding Left Bank Bordeaux wine in a blind tasting.

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What a stunning wine! Cassis, tobacco, truffle, earth and blackberry scents open to a concentrated, full bodied, powerful, dense mouthful of ripe, soft, Caberent. Power and elegance, with gobs of fruit are the hallmarks of this wine. Served blind, this is a perfect ringer to insert in a Bordeaux tasting. This could age and develop for at least another 20 years!

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1990 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 94

Tobacco, truffle, cassis, iron and dark berry fruit aromatics start this concentrated wine off. With soft textures and elegant styings, this concentrated, fully mature wine ends with a mouthful of ripe, juicy dark fruit. Served blind to friends in Bordeaux, all the tasters thought the wine was French!

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1987 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 93

Opening with tobacco, earth and cassis notes. Soft, elegant and medium bodied, the finish ended with a melange of red and black fruits. This seemed fully mature and may have been more interesting a few years ago. I'd drink this sooner than later

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1978 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 94

Still showing great, although it was from a double magnum, which needs to be taken into account, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, lively and loaded with cherries, cranberry, tobacco leaf, peppery spice and leafy notes. Soft, bright and charming, the red fruits linger on your palate. At 41 years of age, there is no reason to hold off from popping a cork here.

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1974 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 85

Slightly past its prime, with a chocolate, mint, tobacco and earth nose, the lacked fruit in the semi tart finish. Drink up.

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1973 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 92

Popped and poured, this could be a great ringer for an older, mature Pauillac. There is softness to the tannins, ripe, fresh, earthy red berries, cedar and tobacco, all in perfect proportions, this is a nice treat, especially when you stop to consider that it's only a few years away from 50 years of age!

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1970 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 70

Barely hanging on to life. If it wasn't dead already, it was close. Nice leaf and earth nose, but the palate offered very little fruit and even less pleasure. For people who old for sake of age, they might like it more than I did. I'm happy to say I do not own bottles of this wine

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1969 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 90

Served for a friends 50th birthday, this is a pretty wine. It's not big, or fruity, it's on the elegant, fresh, cherry and cranberry side, with a hit of cedar, tobacco and forest leaf. The texture is soft, with sweet and tart red fruits from start to finish. I am not sure this will make it for their 60th, but if you need to celebrate someones 50th, this is a good choice. It is really quite charming and fun to taste.

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1968 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve  (Napa Valley) 90

At the end of its better days, there is still plenty to like about the medium bodied, earthy, herbal, sweet, ripe, fresh red fruits. The wine is clean, soft, bright and demands you open it, if you are sitting on any.

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