2001 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • ikkaariainen Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 17, 2016 - A beautiful, elegant and complex Napa valley reserve cab that truly deserves that label. Capped off an epic night of older CA cabs at our wine group tasting and stood up very well to the likes of equally old both Napa & Alexander valley Silver Oak, Caymus SS, Opus One, Quintessa and Dominus. At this point of maturation this is actually quite a reasonable QPR at our original acquisition cost. Still somewhat youthful and with proper cellaring has at least another 5+ years to go but as good as it is right now I am not sure that there is any further upside to continued cellaring - recommend starting to drink these up. This wine right now again really proves the old adage that all really good and well made cabernets / bdx blends, regardless of the point of origin, eventually evolve into French bourdeauxesque type wines - right now this would be very hard to pick out as New World in a flight of older bordeauxs. Briefly decanted just to get the must off the nose but this does not really need a decant if you can just wait a few minutes after pouring it and swirl the glass a bit. Purplish red with noticeable peripheral bricking, soft mouth feel, very well balanced and integrated, complex and with a really lovely lingering aftertaste. Nose initially somewhat muted but with some air opened up and was very airy and almost floral with red fruit, a light hint of cedar, smoke and coffee. Flavor profile included cassis, dark fruit, mocha, leather, tobacco and warm cooking spices with a lighter again almost cedary finish. Very sorry to only have one more bottle. Highly recommend this wine.

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  • Bam_Man commented:

    10/18/16, 2:54 PM - Your excellent, insightful note served as a reminder that I need to open one of my remaining bottles soon. Cheers! ;D

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