"Dry, smooth and distinguished. Shows Mondavi's ability to get the grapes ripe in blackberries and currants, yet the fruit pulls back at the last moment, letting earthy, herbal notes take over, providing complexity and endless pleasure. The tannins are pure Oakville--sweet, soft and supple. Drink this elegant, balanced wine over the next six years.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
When Tim Mondavi describes his Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Oakville region of Napa Valley, he admires their powerful flavors and muscular tannins, but he most loves their elegance and the way they coat one’s palate with velvet. Oakville is distinguished by an alluvial fan extending from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains that form the valley’s western border. The Oakville bench, which lies against the hills, has well-drained soils that allow deep rooting and the development of complex flavors in the grapes. We selected all Oakville bench vineyards for this wine, including 82% from Robert Mondavi’s historic To Kalon Vineyard.
|Wine maker notes
|Densely-packed aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, chocolate mint and Provencal herbs anticipate the deep, multi-layered flavors echoed within and augmented by lush black cherry, blueberry, anise, espresso and toasty oak. Firm, ample tannins and a persistent black-fruit finish assure the potential to develop even greater complexity in the years to come.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 1% Malbec