A brilliant effort from Mondavi, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) exhibits complex aromatics of forest floor, sweet black cherry and black currant fruit, vanillin and lead pencil shavings. (RP)
Contains 67% To Kalon Vineyard fruit. Still a baby. Closed, brooding, very deep, very dry. Fabulous cassis fruit, a huge wine. Lots of delicious, sweet new oak. Superbly balanced, impressive. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
Bright, dark red. Lively aromas of cassis, violet and graphite suggest a juicy wine. Boasts terrific claret-like intensity and cut to its flavors of currant, tobacco, minerals, spices and leather; there's a noble rusticity to this wine, which is distinctly Old World in style. Not especially fleshy--especially following the 2002--but finishes with superb cut, soil-driven salinity and length. The serious tannins are still tight. Interestingly, winemaker Janssens views 2001 as a powerful vintage for the Mondavi Reserve. This wine has good acidity but was also the highest vintage in pH (3.76) at the time. (ST) 93+
Excellent, showing tannic flex, with cedary cigar box notes amid a strong array of dark berry flavors. (JL, Web-2016)
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