A tour de force, intense, rich and vibrant, with an amazing core of currant, blackberry, anise and mocha flavors.—Robert Mondavi vertical (December 2015). Drink now through 2030. (JL, Web-2016)
Dark ruby-red. Blackberry, blueberry, plum, gravel, licorice and nutmeg on the ripe nose. Plush, fine-grained, very ripe and sweet, offering highly concentrated, deep flavors of cassis, plum and graphite. This wine can be enjoyed now owing to its seamless, gracious texture and ripe tannins but it should continue to evolve positively for another decade. (ST, Vinous)
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this beauty reveals wonderfully sweet black currant fruit, soft tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a broad, elegant texture, and an authoritative, pure finish. It possesses both power and elegance, but is not yet fully mature. It should continue to evolve for another 10-12+ years. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* One of the ripest, highest alcohol Mondavi Reserve Cabs in memory, this wine is forward in cassis and cherry flavors, and while the tannins are pretty sturdy, it's sweet and soft enough to drink now. It definitely has the rich mouthfeel you want in a pricey Napa Cab. But it's young; cellar this one until at least 2010.
Bright red currant fruit strikes a high note above broad, rich tannins. The texture feels supple and full, the fruit needing time to fill it out completely. Mondavi Reserve is usually at its best with a decade of age.
It weighs in at 15 per cent alcohol, yet with nary a hint of heat. Unapologetically ripe, it also has tremendous concentration and focus -- even elegance -- and sturdy tannins, with rich cassis and black cherry, liquorice, vanillin and very refreshing acidity. Generous and delicious now, it also has the backbone for at least another 10 years. 18.5/20 points. (LM)
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is in a beautiful spot today, as there is a good deal of development in the aromatics, but also enough density to allow the wine to drink well for another 5-10 years. Chocolate, mocha, black cherries and brown spices are all shaped by a considerable amount of new oak. All things considered, the 2004 has held up nicely. At eleven years of age, this ripe, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon is ready to drink, but not likely to improve much from here. There's no time like the present. The 2004 is 81% Oakville Fruit (53% To-Kalon) and 19% Stags Leap fruit. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend. (AG)
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