The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. A big, powerful wine, the 2015 is an especially dark, somber wine. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, licorice and dark spices add to an impression of darkness. The effects of the drought are felt in the wine's intense fruit and equally forbidding tannins. I expect the 2015 will need quite a few years to fully come into its own, as the tannins are not at all friendly today. Even so, the wine's density and textural resonance are impossible to miss. A dollop of 10% Merlot rounds out the blend. (AG)
Cured meat, blood, bacon and dark fruit are in a smoky embrace here. The palate brims with generous, warm fruit on a bold, concentrated palate showing a spirity, ripe edge. This is bold and muscular with tannins and structure to match. Will go the distance. (AK)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers notes of preserved plums, blueberry pie and blackcurrant pastilles with hints of chocolate box, cigar box, spice cake and pencil lead. Full-bodied, very firm and very grainy in texture, it has tons of black fruit and spice layers, featuring a fresh blackberry and licorice character on the finish. (LPB) 94+
Bloody, meaty, way beyond fruit on the nose and the palate is really energetic. Classic Cabernet acidity. Dark and savoury, only just entering its drinking window. Quite different to the other Napa Cabernets - less crafted, more wild. 18+/20 points (RH)
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2015 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $125)