2018 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently destemmed and crushed. The wine was fermented in French oak tanks for soft, supple tannins, and then stainless steel tanks for purity of fruit expression. Twenty-four days of maceration maximized color and flavor extraction and polished the tannins for a lush, round mouthfeel. The new wine was transferred to 60-gallon French oak barrels (19% new) for malolactic fermentation and 16 months of aging to develop greater roundness and depth. Small percentages of complementary varieties were included in the blend to enhance the wine’s structure, balance, and complex flavor profile. The wine was bottled in April 2020.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful nose redolent of fresh, ripe blackberry and black plum jam, gently framed by notes of dried thyme and toast. On the palate, the wine is full and juicy, brimming with more black fruit and touches of bittersweet chocolate, mint, and dried straw. Generous and harmonious, with velvety tannins and a long, smooth finish.
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Vineyard Notes: Most of the fruit for this wine was sourced from two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations and vineyards: our To Kalon Vineyard® in Oakville on the well-drained alluvial bench surrounding the winery and our Wappo Hill vineyard in the Stags Leap District. Their soils elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A smaller percentage of fruit comes from other top vineyard sites, including the Oak Knoll District, renowned for freshness and fullness.
Production Notes: Early spring rains filled reservoirs and gave the vines ample water for the growing season. While bud break and flowering were a bit late, the season began under ideal weather conditions, creating excellent fruit set. Summer sunshine was tempered by the region’s cool breezes and fog, which ensured slow, even ripening for the perfect balance of retained freshness and maximum flavor development. Grapes were picked between September 21 and November 3.
James Suckling - "A complex nose of fresh berries, olives, herbs and spices. Balanced, velvety palate with nice harmony and elegant tannins. Long, savory finish. Delicious. Drink or hold."
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and fresh, with a lovely beam of cassis and cherry puree flavors streaming along, flanked by subtle bergamot, floral and anise notes. There's a chocolaty hint on the finish, but the overall impression is pure. Best from 2021 through 2029."
|Country||USA - California|
|Grape Varietals||Cabernet Blend|