Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Deep, dense and concentrated, the flavors echo intense aromas of blueberry, bramble and cassis intermingled with cocoa, cinnamon and sweet, toasty oak. Bold, yet supple on the palate, the dark, richly fruity flavors are balanced by a bright acidity and long finish.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Wine Enthusiast - "Textbook Napa Cab. It's dry, smoothly tannic and subtle, with blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate flavors nicely intrigued with herbs, tobacco and cedar. Just delicious now and for the next few years.
Robert Mondavi Winery
For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA. View all Robert Mondavi Winery Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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25 ratings, 15 with reviewsStarfish888888 - Chicago, IL47/16/2012
This is a really nice wine, bold, intense, yet smooth and velvety. It certainly has a lot of depth.mejho - West Mifflin, PA56/4/2013Really enjoyed this! Smooth and tasty, great finish.Edward Kirk - Rohnert Park, CA45/4/2013David Smith - Gainesville, FL43/24/201343/1/201342/21/201352/10/2013Excellent taste! Did pay $17.99 just a few months ago from wine.com. LC52/9/2013Just what I expected, very smooth and full bodied.pqr abc - Young America, MN32/4/2013
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- Light & Fruity
41/17/2013I really like this cab. Good nose of blue fruit with a hint of leather. Taste of blueberry and chocolate with hints of pipe tobacco and toasty oak. Smooth and a bit dry. Good finish and a good deal. A lot of flavor.512/31/2012The best cabernet sauvignon period312/27/2012A little too oakey for my taste412/17/2012
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Good, not great.412/11/2012Nice nose, full bodied cabernet. Exactly what one should expect from Robert Mondavi.Joe Rivlin - Portland, OR412/5/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
We think this is a terrific value for the money. Excellent clean taste - needs decanting but after a short wait it's ready to drink and is excellent.412/1/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Always enjoy this wine. Always get it if it goes on sale.MICHAEL HENNESY - Mount Juliet, TN410/20/2012walktard - Tahoe City, CA38/27/20123.5 stars. Initially a little angular, but after a few hours decanting it really balanced out. Not mind blowing, but extremely drinkable.49/5/2012
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The berry taste makes up a good medium-strong base it has definite hints of cocoa, the wine is fairly complex as it is fairly smooth but at the same time maintains a slight spiciness I think mostly from the aging process in oak cask.susan little - San Francisco, CA58/13/2012
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Again - a solid wine! Always a great value.28/1/2012Related ProductsA classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet at its best: Remarkably rich and concentrated. Tantalizing entry almost sweet with blackberry ...Hatched from the cabernet infused mind of Bob Craig in 1993, this Bordeaux inspired wine is a blend of the ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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