This is a beautiful 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Mondavi. The wine, a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, has a youthful, opaque bluish/purple color and a classic nose of lead pencil shavings, crème de cassis, licorice, and subtle, toasty French oak. Some chocolate also makes an appearance. Approachable, this full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and handsome Cabernet Sauvignon strikes me as one of the superb efforts the Mondavi Winery has produced, and should age effortlessly for another 20+ years. … Once again, the vintage’s incredible freshness, vibrancy and precision are well displayed in this wine and, as I have indicated so many times in this horizontal, this is a striking characteristic in the manner the 2005s have evolved. (RP)
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is in an ideal spot for drinking now. The aromatics are just beginning to show the first signs of development, yet the wine retains striking fruit presence and freshness throughout. Scents of sweet tobacco, menthol, savory herbs, licorice and dried herbs give the wine its sense of completeness. Readers can look forward to another 10-15 years of fine drinking. (AG)
Genevieve Janssens has been working with To Kalon fruit, on and off, since 1978. Her blend for Mondavi Reserve includes several of the oldest dry-farmed blocks in this historic vineyard, some dating to 1945. She sets out to make a wine of elegant power and intensity, and this 2005 is a triumph. It presents Cabernet Sauvignon as an aristocratic wine, with just enough supple richness to fill out the austere tannins. A hint of green herb and a gloss of cocoa integrated from the new oak add complexity as the profound, earthy flavors open and expand with air. A classic Napa Valley wine to age for ten years or more.
This is a very fine, high level Cabernet that shows the impeccable nature of Mondavi Reserve. Yet it’s also very tannic and far from being drinkable. Shows a vast repository of black currant, blackberry, black cherry and new oak flavors wrapped into a smooth, velvety mouthfeel whose finish goes on forever. Masculine and authoritative, it should continue to improve for many years. Drink now, with decanting, and through 2017, at least. *Cellar Selection*
Bright, full ruby. Classic tight, bright Cabernet aromas of cassis, blueberry, tobacco and sexy oak, along with a subtle floral element. Wonderfully suave, spicy and alive in the mouth; utterly seamless and concentrated but light on its feet. A brilliant bottle: fine-grained, impeccably balanced and classically dry, with noble tannins and restrained ripeness. (ST, for Vinous)
A classy effort, with an emphasis on purity, suppleness and grace. The core of currant and mocha flavors reverberates. (JL, Web Only-2016)
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