An incredible and beautiful wine...at almost 42 years old! From an excellent vintage, the wine still has a deep color with orange nuances on the edge. Powerful nose of leather, tobacco, red berries and barnyard notes on the finish. Very, Very long and extremely balanced. That bottle patiently waited over 40 years in Mondavi's cellar to be enjoyed yesterday. The bottle was in pristine condition, albeit dusty :) At it's peak, but can certainly hold another 10 years.
From a virtually perfect bottle (picture uploaded), this wine had a very deep red center with some oranging at the rim. The medium+ intensity nose was attractive from the start. It offered up black cherries, chocolate mint, red dust, and blueberries.
This was very nice right away with a blast of fruit and red dust. After an hour or two it showed some spiky acidity. After 4+ hours, this acidity became integrated again. This was a spectacular bottle. It was fruit but beautifully balanced by firm acidity. It also had rounded tannin and excellent length.
I don't think this wine would be mistaken for a Bordeaux too often. There was just too much fruit. In fact, some bottles show a slight excess of ripeness. This bottle did not and it was fantastic. The wine is clearly in the zone and I doubt it will get better. However, well stored bottles like this one will easily last another decade. Enjoy!
From a bottle with a high shoulder fill and a depressed cork, this wine had a red/purple center with orange rims. The medium intensity nose showed sautéed cherries, anise, red dust, and some raspberries.
In the mouth, this is on the edge of overripe. It is super rich with a great lush texture, rounded tannins, and excellent length. This was best after 4 hours of air.
While at its peak, this wine will easily last 5-10 years.
very spicy and herbal, a touch of eucalyptus, not comparable to Martha's Vineyard of Heitz. Decanted for an hour, Surely on the tertiary aroma side, very well drinkable with a long finish because of the fresh acidity, inmy opinion at his top
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(Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) Very hazy, bricked, medium dark red violet color; mature, black mushroom, cassis, raspberry nose; silky textured, mature, baked raspberry, cassis, black cherry, mint palate with good balance; long finish