Got another bottle from Fairways wine Vault in Naples today. Their wine is always stored so good. The bottles are always better from there. Cork was hard as could be. No seepage from the cork at all. This 87 was unlike any I have had. Almost no musty notes what so ever. The Raspberry finish last for 45+ seconds. I would never had guessed this was an 87 Mondavi if I didn't pull it from the bottle myself. More power than any of the other 87's Mondavi's I have had. Ill take another case please.
Not as good as the one I drank at Robert Mondavi winery but still pretty good. Upon opening this had loads of bell pepper and olives. It settled down a little with in 30-45 minutes. Very soft and well integrated. Light and easy to drink. Very low alcohol. Lots of sediment.
Monday at Domaine (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Had nice aromas of cherries, dark spices, blackberries, & earth. Had a lot of bell pepper on the nose, too. The palate was feminine and airy, but with good concentration of flavor. Lots of berries, earth, green beans/bell pepper, & earth. Love these older Mondavi Reserves. This was a great example.
I have had this wine 12 times over the years. It started with a Bordeaux nose, some tabacco, earth notes and light fruits. A very good wine for its age. That being said, the last three times followed a similar pattern of fading fast once poured and distinct old wine "bricking". RP called it a 25-30 year wine and I think that is right on target. Drink over the next few years while still enjoyable.
A bit past its prime. There are terrific herbal Cabernet flavors mixed with a wet earth element that are pure and impressive. The finish is a bit rough and I think this was something very special 5 to 10 years ago. Not dead by any means but on the decline. (90)
Bucket List Tasting 2.0 (Sbicca Restaurant, Del Mar, California): Decanted 1 hour. Clear dark garnet-blood red color. Initial bouquet of beef blood, green tobacco, mud flats, baked red cherries and rhubarb. Improved with air, showing classic notes of forest floor and cigar humidor. Full body, elegant, balanced. Excellent bottle, if not the wow wine others have exclaimed.
We decanted the wine because the cork fell apart as we tried to pull it from the bottle. The wine poured smoothly and the color was that paler, aged brownish-red of older wine. The flavor was superb! A delicious berry flavor lingered and the wine was extremely smooth. There was tannin still present (I couldn't read writing on the other side of my glass) but the taste was very light on the tongue. Overall, a delightful wine. We began to drink it before dinner and continued during a dinner of salmon, asparagus and quinoa - not the usual best accompaniments, but the wine held its own beautifully and complemented the foods surprisingly.
Seems to be on decline, but what a life for this wine! It unfolds into a cherry infused bordeaux with some airing and then it fades due to lack of structure...Still a very nice wine to drink on its own and better with a meal...12.5% alcohol with love from California. DRINK!
Love these old wines. Just like an old bordeaux. Very sexy, soft, and easy to drink. Light hints of some chocolate, wood, dusty, musty, and fruits. You just can't get this in a young wine. Very special.
Very interesting... Given that this was tasted blind, but with knowledge of a new world line-up. Medium dark red. Slight brick hue. Very peppery, green, vegetal nose. Cab Frank like (Loire, Bordeaux)! Classical Bordeaux palate with lactose (Lynch Bages) hint. Long finish. Weird wine, which will stick in my memory!
Double decanted (needed for the sediment) and served about 30 minutes later. The wine has lots of fine sediment so be aware else it will be cloudy. A touch fragile and should be drunk sooner than later. It is however a masterpiece of classic wine, well leathery, mushroom, forest floor. Elegant and the fruit is very much present. The last sips showed the wine is easy to get tired and oxidize but its sill very much a joys wine for the lovers of classic old school Napa. 92-3 and drink NOW.
To Kalon Night at Collyer Catering (Collyer Catering): Popped, decanted and poured. This was everything you hope to get with an aged wine. Aromas of dried cherry, dried blackberry, leather, olive, earth and iron. Fully mature with smooth tannins, it had flavors of leather, dried cherry, earth, mulch and another dark fruit note I could not put my finger on. Ended with a nice 30 second finish. Tried to find out the exact percentage of To Kalon fruit in this but could not find anything. The 89 says it was over 50% To Kalon so I figure that gives me a ballpark for the time period at least.
Drank at the winery at "Four Decades Dinner" with Jani. Absolutely amazing wine. Soft, velvety, sexy. Like a 1st growth bordeaux. Musty, wet tobacco & coffee beans, cigar, wet wood, and some red fruit. This stole the show for the night for me.
Mix of wines at Via Alta: Blood, earth, mint, tar and a leafy element - very true to its grape. Good fruit power on the palate, this has lovely balance and composure. Drinking well now and over the next 5 years.
Black currant, dank leaves, light mushroom nose with deep, lovely medium dark purple hue on pour right to glass. First sip showed currant and red fruit with light spice and blackberry jam that continually improved for 2 hours, then picked up weight, layers and concentration after 3. Turned out to be a remarkable bottle, as sophisticated as any Mondavi Reserve I've tasted. Properly decant the next one. Drinking now, save a couple for 5-7 years
Cork broke upon opening but got it out with "corkpopper" (love those things). Nice ruby red color. Didn't decant and after about an hour fully opened up. A little lighter body than might have expected but still very nice. Seemed to be on the downside so might want to drink up.
Perfectly stored and perfectly drinking. Herbs, currant, tobacco, leather complement fresh red fruit, ending in a 60 second finish. Just fantastic and hard to imagine any of today's superstars bringing this degree of complexity to the table with one of their wines in 30 years. I hope I am wrong. 12.5%, perfect acidity, unreal complexity.
Served from imperial. Deep color, secondary aromas of baked fruit and mint, mature but with plenty of liveliness. Soft but present tannins. Was better with food (rib eye) than without. I liked this and it compared favorably against a '99 Lynch Bages and '86 Margaux.
American Belle 2nd Edition (Switzerland): Tasted blind: Mature red. Nose of dark chocolate, coffee and berries. The nose would merit a 95pt rating. The wine felt a bit green, lacking depth and has quite some tartiness. It is a pleasant and elegant wine to drink but it just misses a bit of everything. Drink now
High shoulder fill, which was the bad sign along with the cork being soaked through. Bricking in the color and cloudy but much better shape than the fill, cork and color would have led me to guess. Pop and pour. Vibrant acidity but still nearly silky smooth. Bright overripe black cherries and red fruits, almost candied. Hints of tobacco and eucalyptus with sweet Oak. Still a great wine but because this particular bottle was a little more advanced than others, the finish fell off after about 15 seconds and had a slightly herbaceous/green pepper element at the very end, but not so much as to materially detract from the wine.
This was still good, nothing wrong, not corked, tannins in balance, fruit present, but for a mature wine this was either over the hill or didn't live up to the hype. Fully drinkable, just not in a league with big hitters like Harlan, Bryant, Shafer, etc.
From 750: Well stored bottle with good fill level. Brittle cork broke upon opening. Somewhat disappointing. Musty nose never blew off. Good fruit on the palate and decent acidity. OK finish. A little past prime.
Brought to a 1 star Michelin Restaurant for a full course dinner. Main Course: Ox tail in a red wine sauce. The wine was purchased at the winery in the early 90s and had been stored in perfect cellaring conditions (11 Celcius, 70% humidity) in a EuroCave.
The cork looked and felt like new. Only a slight colouring at the edge of the cork and no streaks whatsoever. A great start!
My first impression on looking in the glass was "wow". The wine was a dark red colour with only very slight showing of ageing on the rim. On the nose the prominent aroma of cassis was solid. Beautiful floral scents of rose petals with an earthiness of forest floor. In the mouth the wine was well balanced. Good texture with flavours of red fruit and cassis dominating. Oak was well integrated giving the wine a lovely texture. The finish was fair. A great new world wine at its peak in my opinion that has impressed me greatly.
The Robert Mondavi Winery has made great contributions to the wine industry and has had a great influence on my love of wine (not to mention adding to my dining experience). I met Mr. Robert Mondavi a few years prior to his passing away and this wine brought back memories of my early days of visiting the tasting room at the winery. I recall on the one occasion that I was invited to meet Mr. Robert Mondavi in 2006 just two years prior to his death. There was a small group of us tasting wine when Mr. Mondavi was escorted in by staff. He only stayed a few minutes but the event had a immense impact on me. Mr. Mondavi shook hands with each of us and told me that he remembered me from previous years. When he approached the only female in the group, rather than shake hands he told her "now young lady how about you give me a little kiss". As she kissed him on the cheek he turned to me with a wink and smile and said "look and learn young man". We all laughed and the young lady replied "Oh Mr. Mondavi, the joy was all mine". There was an emotional element of my tasting of this wine which may have been a bias in my review.
I have attached a photo of the wine with the ox tail dinner.
Monday California Tasting: Deep color. Nose of flintstone, cassis, grilled meat and leather. Has quite dry tannins but the sweetness (Strawberry) can nicely cover it up. Great wine and better than the bottle I had a few months ago. Drink now or within the next 5 years.
The wine is still a deep garnet color; some bricking characteristics; browning on the rim. The long cork was soaked to within ¼ of an inch from the end; very little ullage though. Still a fantastic wine and it seems to be drinking at its apogee; it does not seemed to have declined at all from last October. As I indicated then: “aromas and flavors of cherry, blackberry, soft black currant, quality roasted coffee, leather, cigar box, herbs.” Big, rich and intense fruit in the mouth. Great balance and structure. A long smooth and elegant finish. I do not believe the tannins are totally resolved yet, judging by a slight acidic sting on the tongue. The wine has a few years left to be fully appreciated. Unfortunately, my last bottle of this wine. Score 93-94.
Tasting of six cabernets, third place for me, one first and no last place votes. Bright beet red color in the glass, tobacco, stems, tea, eucalyptus and dark fruit on the nose, more of the same on the palate, supple, lovely tasting, medium body and medium/long finish. Drink now.
Base neck fill. Decanted 30 minutes before tasting. This bottle seemed advanced in its evolution, showing tertiary notes of cigars, soy sauce, tomatoes, with only a vague impression of tart red fruit in the background. Smooth, mellow, full body, like a nice old Bordeaux, but not up to the hype for this vintage.
Bottle filled to top of shoulder. Cork completely saturated and soft throughout. Color more reddish brown than purple. Very little to no fruit on the nose or the palate. Bought second hand so I assume it wasn't stored properly. Shame because we were looking forward to this one!
WOTN. with 86 and 85 Montelena Estate, 85 Groth, 02 Insignia, 84 BR Cohn (Helen Turley's first ever wine), a 99 Jadot Beaune Clos Ursules, 78 BV Reserve. This wine is still vibrant and has a long life to go. Wish I had more. Beautiful sweet Mondavi Res flavor palate. Great finish. This is a monumental Mondavi Reserve Cab. Maybe his best ever.
Dinner with Mark Roberson of Goedhuis (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): This was very good indeed. An excellent end to an excellent evening. It nosed for all the world like a left-bank Bordeaux from a warm year, with tobacco and toasted earth aromas floating alongside ripe cherries and cassis - lovely stuff. The palate was gorgeous too, perhaps leaning a little more towards Napa than the Medoc in its lovely flavours of dried cherries and cassis carried on a stream of juicy acidity and a firm structure of ripe tannins that gave the impression of just starting to mellow and round-out. What got the group really confused though was how clean, clear and effortless this seemed, something that one normally associates with a top Bordeaux. Great finish too - long, structured and beautifully balanced, with black cherry flavours stretching away into the distance with just the littlest puff of tobacco. dried cherries, cassis, firm structure, starting to mellow, clean, clear, some ripeness, but beautiful balance, long finish, black cherries. Gorgeous, and it could actually do with some time in the bottle still. This will be absolutely stunning given a couple more years I think.
Deep garnet color; slight bricking. I still get some browning on the rim, but not as much as I last recall. The fill is to the neck, about a half-inch from the cork. Storage at 56 degrees from when it first hit the market. I’ll have to say the wine is more solid and up tempo than my last two tastings. Aromas and flavors of cherry, blackberry, soft black currant, quality roasted coffee, leather, cigar box, herbs. Seems more powerful, rich and concentrated in the mouth; more like it was several years ago. I’m revising my prior thoughts and now believe that the wine has probably reached just past the center of its drinking plateau. A long, smooth and again very pleasant finish. I have two more bottles left and won’t be in too much of a rush to consume them. Paired fine with a prime hanger steak; still, the wine is better appreciated by itself.
Sampled 9/29/12. Very top shoulder fill. Color still dark with no bricking or orange at rim. Both a young looking and smelling wine. Pop and pour but opened fully after about 30 minutes in the glass. Classic Mondavi Reserve. I could pick this wine out a line up with relatively little effort. Initially plenty of overripe but soft blackberries, cassis, vanilla Oak and then some slightly sour and tart black cherries on the finish. Low alcohol and silky smooth. A wonderful wine.
i liked this more than others, people gravitated to the '95 that i also opened due to more fruit... this one had some old shoe elements to it, fruit had faded but still a nice mature cab with musty basement as a theme
An evening of older Mondavi Cab Reserves- 1971-1990 (Apiary.): Ahead of the dinner I expected this to be in the running for WOTN. It wasn't, but there are extenuating circumstances. Shortly before the dinner we changed who was going to bring it and so this bottle didn't have a chance to stand up for a day or two before the tasting, nor was it double decanted ahead of time as most of the bottles were. As a result, the wine showed a bit muddled, unfocused and was not particularly integrated. It was certainly the ripest wine of the night and sported a blacker fruit profile with black licorice, cocoa and herb. Lowish acidity with the oak a tad abrasive and the alcohol sticking out just a touch and overall the wine seemed a bit on the ponderous side. That said, I've had much better bottles and had it had time to stand and more time to integrate, I'm sure it would've shown better. A-/B+.
This was quite good, considerably outshining the 1997 and 1986 editions of this wine, served in the same flight. The wine is quite drinkable now, and it should be very enjoyable for the next five years or so.
Opened at a Met Club wine event. Straight from the bottle a mustard and mushroom nose and with earthy fruit. After decanting currant and mint nose with much cassis and some earth. A nice long finish with bright soft tannins.
Similar to my tasting note of 9/9/11. Still browning at the rim; deep reddish-garnet color; mature characteristics; opaque. This time I initially get toasty oak on the nose, right after the bottle was opened. Then, aromas of cherry, some raspberry, roasted coffee, leather, cigar box, herbs. Still elegant, but reaching further to the later part of its plateau. Still a nice concentration of fruit in the mouth, but not as much so as a few years ago. A medium to long finish. As I mentioned previously, I'm planning to consume the last bottles in the not too distant future. Score 92-93.
Wine Spectator Offline, San Diego (Mimmo's, Little Italy): En magnum. Upper shoulder fill. Cork shrunken, fully saturated, wet on top, and slightly loose. Color mahogany brick, more brown than red. Unsurprisingly, this was maderized, with notes of cashews, raisins, cedar, cranberries. 2/3 of the magnum was left on the table untouched. Bummer. These auction bargains seem less of a bargain when I end up pouring them down the sink.
Browning at the rim. Deep reddish-garnet color; appears to be maturing; somewhat opaque. The first aromas are roasted coffee, as if just poured from an Italian coffee maker. Then, additional aromas of cherry, some raspberry, mint, leather, sweet tobacco, herbs - complex. An elegant wine that is reaching the later part of its plateau. A very good concentration of fruit, but very slightly less than it was a couple of years ago. A medium to long pleasing finish of about 20 seconds. I have three more - I'm putting them into the drink in the not distant future bin.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dried herbs, leather, Briar patch and mixed dark fruits. Flavors of berries, cherries and a bit of raspberry. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
Decanted for one hour. Bottle in excellent shape, even was wrapped in original tissue. Fill well into the neck. Ominously dark core, that's garnet. The rim is lighter and a little crystal as well. Exemplary nose of currant paste, loamy cherry, tobacco leaf, volcanic rock and cedar. Napa meets Paulliac in a lot of ways. I also sense a little of a Barolo-like palate as well. Alluring body that's not full, so much as complete. There's an elegant and evolving finnish that is a minute plus. Intricately soft tannins and the perfect amount of acidity. The palate overall is actually quite round, with a soft finnish. Twenty three years young and a lot of life left. So classy and really casts a relaxing effect. Ideal for any Cabernet lover and would pair nicely with '86 or '89 Left-Bank Bordeaux. One word: Excellent. Drink now - 2025.
Good dark color but I thought this was dead when I first opened it. However, after an hour or so in the decanter, the wine woke up to reveal an elegant old Napa cab with a weightless texture and lovely notes of cassis, soy and leathers. Balanced and mature, this was a better bottle than my last and a wonderful experience to drink although the finish is lighter and the wine is really on its last legs.
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
This was a much better bottle than I had three years ago. Actually put up a might fight standing next to the unreal 1989 Pichon Baron. Nose was very similar in fact, just not quite as big. Herbs, currant, tobacco, leather. Just fantastic and old school. Good fruit, though it plays less of a role on the palate than the other flavors. Excellent finish. Amazingly only 12.5% alcohol, this thing has a decade or more of life ahead of it. They simply do not make these like they used to. When on, a captivating wine.
Lots of spice on nose, along with green pepper. More spice on the front palate with some light cherry, raspberry, plum in the middle and a chocolate finish. The body is quite good and balanced with a silky texture. Was quite thin when opened, but gained a lot of weight after 4 hours of decanting.
FROM A MAGNUM. Decanted and aired for about 1 hour. Spectacular cabernet nose of cherry, dark berry, cassis, oak and earth. Still youthful with lots of slightly drying tannin, acidity and fruit. Everything about it was big -- but smooth and in perfect balance. Silky smooth mouth feel with a nice long fruity finish. Great complexity and depth of flavors. Tastes like it is about 10 years old. A nearly perfect cabernet - absolutely magnificent! I have had probably 15-20 vintages of Mondavi Reserve -- and this was the best ever.
Sotheby's Pre-Auction Tasting (Sotheby's, New York): We very much enjoyed this and it was my #2 CA cab of the tasting (though outperformed by some of the bordeaux), behind the '99 Insignia. This showed much more like a bordeaux than expected, which was a pleasant surprise. The nose had some minerals and fresh rain (similar to an '85 Cos D'Estournel we had recently), and the fruit was still alive on the palate, complemented by some tobacco and hints of underbrush. Not bad.
Opened tonight with my son, who turned 21 on Monday. Our first official glasses of wine together as "men." Dark red with bricking around the edge. Red fruits, cherry on the nose. My son said "pomegranate." Classic aged California profile, Bordeaux-like, with hints of tobacco, cedar, cigar-box. Hadn't decanted initially, but splashed into a decanter to coax it along a little. After 40 minutes, the dark red fruit flavors emerged more. I detected a slight note of green that the others missed. Everyone else was very happy, owing to the well-resolved, velvety mid-palate. A touch short on the finish, but a very very satisfying experience. We also opened an '87 Mondavi regular bottling next to it, and were able to do a nice side-by-side analysis of how much better the Reserve performed in 1987.
Very pretty, beautifully aged cabernet. Olive, dried flowers on the nose and still-fresh cherry and currant aromas on the nose. Sun-dried tomato tapenade, and more cherry/currant flavors in the mouth. A silky, beautiful finish with a bit of sage. Fine, resolved tannins. This was a real treat.
Fantastic Bordeaux like nose of tobacco and cedar. This wine is drinking perfectly right now. Great fruit on the palate as well as dusty velvety tannins. The best California wine I've had outside of Harlan. Great balance and just a delicious wine. Only drawback is not a temendously long finish. Great balance of fruit tannin and acidity. Wow.
After dinner wines at my house (My home): second bottle in the last 12 months. Tonight the bottle was in great shape with fill well into the neck. Dark core with a tad of lightening to the edge. Powerful mature nose dominated by spice, dirt, tobacoo leaves, a hint of leather, all with a slight green charector but really lacking focus. There is a sweet hint of candied( in a good way) red fruit. But lacking a backbone. The nose is pungent but not seductive. in the mouth the wine is soft, smooth, and seemless. This is were I assume it gets its high scores. The finish is very spicy and lasts for about 30 seconds. If you got em drink em. 91 points. Lacking in charm and that wow factor but possesing finesse.
My third and final bottle, and the best of the three.
On the nose there is cigar box, cedar, spice, and dark fruit. Over time, a meaty-iron note emerged along with distinct, slightly roasted elements of mocha and herbs. Sweet, notably sweet, on the palate with cassis, dark cherry, and cinnamon/allspice/clove. Very much alive and juicy twenty years on. Drink now, I'd say.
My father in law had a case of this but unfortunately every single bottle is corked. Fill levels were low in all bottles. He claims he drank a bottle several years ago and it was fine - not problems. He has stored in in a cellar unit at 56 degrees. We opened 2 at Thanksgiving and both corks wer soaked through. Seems to me Mondavi had a major cork problem this year. Father in law has some 1982 reserve that the corks and fill levels still look good...
Opened up with an hour of decanting. Lean style of wine at this stage of life. We had with beef stew. Next time I will try a sirloin steak. I hope my remaining bottles have more fruit. I wish that I had not waited seven years between bottles. I would recommend drinking up soon.
Double decanted after standing the bottle all day, still blood red to ruby with little bricking...This bottle was full of sediment and a bit off...No of odors, but under performed too much in comparison to others to assume that it was "the same" no rating
Decent colr. Lovely aged cabernet nose of black plums and leathers along with smoky oak. Quite mature and elegant with nice flavors of faded cassis, leather and bitter chocolate but a bit dry on the finish with slightly elevated acidity. Clearly past it's prime but not a bad drink even today.
Great wine! We enjoyed this tonight with our son and his girlfriend on his 20th birthday with steaks. We are glad we purchased this 20 years ago to celebrate his birth. We are looking forward to more occassions to drink this!
this wine is always a pleasant surprise as it has not really declined. medium body, medium color and a very elegant palate. the harsh tannins of its youth took a while to resolve, but they did so with plenty of time left to enjoy the complex fruit.
High-end Cali Cabs with Bryan's Steaks (The Shaffer's): Dark ruby and opaque color. Giving nose of cedar, vanilla and herbs. Leaner style with light-bodied fruit. Balsamic notes on the mid-palate. Very long but low intensity finish. Elegant. Picked up weight and density of fruit with time.
Cork quite saturated. Youthful color and a really nice, classic nose of slightly green heavy cedar, tobacco, and graphite character. Somewhat hollow and lacking in the middle but overall a nicely restrained palate presence with fine, though abundant, tannin and a green edge that might turn-off those who enjoy more modern Napa wines. Overall not a bad bottle, but far from great one. After a few of these from different sources I'm left wondering if it may not be any more than a good wine.
Deep red color, getting a little orange at the rim. Cedar cigar box and coffee grounds on the nose. The palate is a little jazzy- spice, cassis, and rich fruit, with a little cranberry and leather. Very slightly tannic, but overall IMO this is at peak now. A wonderful wine. My remaining bottle will be drunk within a year or so.
Beautiful and complex, every bottle consumed continues to impress me with it's balanced delivery of just enough. Drank with Sammy, John S. and Megan on the deck...Always have a good time with the 87 Mondavi
Steaks with Jason (Chez Goldberger): The only other old Mondavi reserve I've had is the 91, which was a benchmark wine for me. This was at least as good as that, and has PLENTY of life left. It had to believe this is 18 years old from appearance or aroma. It has waves of coffee, pine, and thyme. While it didn't have the graphite and forest floor of older Bordeaux, it would not have been out of place in a Bordeaux line-up. Load of cassis, and super structure with tannins in balance with the fruit - this is a complete wine. Mouthfeel is what sets wines apart for me, and this is just seamless. It improved over the couple of hours we had it open, and probably was still improving when I had to go home. I trust Jason enjoyed the rest. Thanks for sharing it with me!
80s California Cab and Steak (Issaquah, WA): I can't imagine that this wine is approaching 20 years old. The nose shows cocoa, roasted coffee, roasted dark fruit, and cedar. The palate gets better and better with air. After about 30 minutes I though it might be a touch closed, but now, an hour later, it has really opened. It is huge, fruit forward, and elegant at the same time. The tannins are fairly well integrated, but there is a slight kick at the end. With air the palate is really filling out and picking up weight. Now I get even more ripe fruit, but a distinct rosemary element has arrived. The finish was of medium length an hour ago, but now it is very long and sweet. This is a nearly perfect example of aged California cab. The best sip was the last. Wow. 96+
decanted and drunk over 90 minutes with my 2 best friends. not much sediment. stood up for 3 days.
very aromatic as it went into the decanter. nice floral/cassis nose. i thought the color was very rich/ purple for it's age. in the glass, a touch of bricking on the rim. first taste was bordeaux like, and this was a general impression. medium bodied. notes of cedar, spice box, light toast. somewhat muted, or secondary, black currant fruit. i expected a thicker mouthfeel which never developed. the wine was almost light. very sweet finish that was sustained for about 20 seconds. an intellectual wine to savor, and a significant learning experience for me.
Ruby red with some fading around the rim. Very appealing aromas of lovely wood, wild fruits, marzipan and anise. Full body with solid concentration, providing flavors of ripe grapes, blackcurrant, spices and more. Lovely balance with integrated tannins that do need time to soften, perfect acidity, as well as truly lovely toasted oak. Big finish and with a solid tasty aftertaste. Overall this is a very good wine, loaded with flavors and presented in a very slick structure. I believe it needs a few more years, but is very enjoyable now. Not the most unique in its flavoring and aromas, but definitely a solid wine at a very high level. Very enjoyable. - Tasted blind
Tasting. This hasn't been the most consistent wine, but I'm also sure storage conditions haven't been consistent for the various bottles I have tried. This bottle was one of the less interesting I've had, with modest fruit remaining and relying more on elegance than concentration. Today's bottles was perhaps 88 points, others I remember were 3-6 points higher.
1987 Tasting 3 Bordeaux and 3 Cabernets. Started out a little barnyard, weedy, stemy, and then quickly blew off after thirty minutes to wonderful cabernet, big body of cabernet fruit with lots of tannin and fruit and acid to suggest 5 to 7 years of ageing is needed based on tasting, finish was long and improved as the wine sat in the glass to a great aftertaste. My #1 and Group #3.
Robert Mondavi Sponsored Tasting of 3 Bordeaux and 4 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. Looked to be the second youngest wine by color in the glass, rich nose of cabernet fruit that led to a mouth feel that was bright, rich fruit with big acid, slightly short finish due to tannins but still needs time to age-8 years. My #3.