Ratcheting up the level of concentration, structure, and intensity is the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville. It offers a dense ruby/purple color as well as a perfume of creme de cassis, charcoal, smoky wood, spice box, and black tea. This medium to full-bodied, tightly-knit, moderately tannic Cabernet possesses a sweet mid-palate, and beautiful purity, texture, and depth. It should be at its finest between 2007-2020. I suppose it will always be difficult to comprehend that this winery is no longer being run by Robert Mondavi and his sons, Tim and Michael. However, their legacy of quality and their contribution to the appreciation of fine wine in the United States is irrefutable. These offerings, made by Tim Mondavi and his staff, are very impressive. (RP) 93+
An impressive performance from winemaker Genevieve Janssens, this shows none of the stewed fruit or hyperripeness so fashionable in Napa Valley today. Instead, it sits tight in its oak (fermented, as it is, in large oak uprights), and takes several days to work through the extreme tannin and wood extract before those tannins begin to yield. All the while, there's plenty of wine in evidence and it keeps improving, the dark scents morphing through black rose toward dark cherry and cherry blossom. As it opens and integrates, the tannins remain plentiful yet fine. A potent, expressive Cabernet that will be a classic in ten years.
Lots of solid, well-formed, distinctly curranty fruit is teamed up with just the right measure of rich oak in the involving aromas of this handsome young effort, and the wine follows through on the palate with deep, keenly varietal flavors that are long on incisive fruit. Moderately full-bodied, slightly fleshy in feel and fit with mildly grippy tannins that are appropriate to its age, this concentrated and composed Cabernet needs to be set aside for at least three or four years, but we expect that it will develop quite well for a decade or more.
Good ruby-red. Blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha, tobacco, menthol and loam on the nose. Smooth and broad in the mouth, with sweet currant, tobacco and loam flavors framed by ripe acidity. Finishes with fine tannins and noteworthy sweetness of fruit. (ST)
Ripe, soft and oaky, this is a voluptuous style of Cab that’s complex and ageable but easy to like now. Shows sweet cassis flavors wrapped in finely ground tannins. This is a Cab of great interest.
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