August 17, 2019 - Surprisingly enjoyable. Clearly made in a style that can be drunk young, but has a nice foundation of fine polished tannin. Currants at it's core, but just a hint of tobacco leaf and mint. More elegant and refined than powerful. Very enjoyable now.
July 17, 2019 - Pure cassis, cherry, camphor, cigar box, lead pencil, vanilla, crazy silky texture, great balance and purity. More fruit forward and red fruit dominate, but great stuff. Needs a few years to get to its optimum drinking window. 94 now, probably higher with age.
June 26, 2019 - This 2014 Mondavi To-Kalon needed more time (3-4 years) or a substantial decant. PnP at the restaurant for us, so we had to make do. The vivid TK cabernet fruit and some subtle sweetness were there, but also a persistent heat/alcohol that dominated the mouthfeel and even the finish. Hope this is better in 2022.
March 17, 2019 - Wow exceptional
March 17, 2019 - Awesome cab very much a joy
January 1, 2019 - 8 hour double decant decant. A lot of sediment in neck. Deep purple, still a young wine. Long decant really helped flesh out this wine, lovely licorice and vanilla notes. Terrific balance, very impressive,
December 26, 2018 - 5 hr decant. Overall, enjoyed the wine and tasted periodically while decanting - opened up nicely after 3rd hr. Great floral nose with almost a more fruit-forward, but grounded-in-Bordeaux style. On the mouth, black and red fruits continue - acidic and not overpowering - meshed well with roast beef. Finish was longer than other reviews made it appear, but the whole experience was quiet and nuanced - unlike many other Napa cabs today. Unclear how this may evolve and if this has the age-ability compared to other Mondavi reserves, but happy to have tried it at this stage in its life cycle.
December 23, 2018 - At this point in its evolution, 92 pts. It is still young, youthful, and grippy. I suspect this will get much better with another 5 yrs on it to put on weight and soften. If drinking now, 60 minute decant at a minimum is recommended.
December 15, 2018 - Aromas of cola and dark fruit. Grippy tannins, dark fruit, blackberry. Could definitely benefit by some decanting. Long finish, goes on and on.
November 16, 2018 - Brought some skepticism into tasting this as Mondavi is such a big company, mass producer nowadays but I have to say the pedigree of the fruit off To Kalon really came through with blackberry, red fruit, violets, fennel... soft mouthfeel, a real nice femininity to the wine which is something my wife and I both enjoy. Quite good and given it opened up in the decanter and got better through the evening I think this will benefit from a couple more years in the bottle.