Its deep and beautifully defined aromas of dense, curranty fruit, dusty earth and generous oak signal that something good is to come here, and the broad but classically composed and keenly fruited flavors that follow confirm every hope. Already showing an uncanny impression of layering and range, this outstanding wine is at once supple in feel yet buttressed by lots of very fine-grained tannins, and, although its essential beauty is not in the least compromised by coarseness, it is a bit tough at the finish as young Cabernet can be.
A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a wine exhibiting notes of creme de cassis, subtle and unobtrusive oak, medium to full body, impeccable balance and everything synchronized into a lush, opulent wine that finished with 14.5% alcohol. It is not the most complex Mondavi Reserve, but it is a very satisfying, highbrow wine that offers plenty of pleasure both hedonistically and intellectually. (RP)
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is ripe, juicy and explosive. Worn-in leather, smoke, licorice, plums and sweet spices meld together in an exuberant, flashy Cabernet Sauvignon that is peaking today. The style is decidedly racy and ripe, but all the elements are in the right place. (AG)
Shows all the hallmarks of great Mondavi Reserve. Ageworthy and complex, with enormously ripe, rich fruit, classic chocolate, cassis plus cream and spice from new oak. So smoothly voluptuous now, it goes down like velvet. *Editors' Choice*
Impressive for the harmonious entry, easing into a graceful phase. Supple and complex, with dark berry and anise notes. (JL, Web Only-2016)
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