Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve: vertical tasting 1966 to 2001

Institute of Directors, London
Tasted Thursday, June 18, 2009 by Rupert with 512 views


The oldsters stole the show here - every single one of the quartet from 1966 to 1970 were beautifully harmonious wines, still bursting with life. Not at all like bordeaux, but brighter, and the fruit closer to cherries than blackcurrants. The '74 was a bit bigger and grander, but choosing a top wine out of these five was all but impossible.

As to the younger wines, I was not at all impressed to start with, the wines seeming anonymous and a bit sour, but whether it was time in the glass or an infectious euphoria spreading after the older bottles, they seemed much better when we returned to them later in the evening, the '94 being the clear pick of the 90s.

Flight 1 (16 Notes)