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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1998
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1998
(search item no. 55237)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $61.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 99 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Decanter rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1978 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich layers of cassis, boysenberry and black cherry slowly unfold in our Robert Mondavi 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Intriguing nuances of spice, cedar forest and licorice heighten the wines complexity. The excellent structure, with broad, muscular tannins and a long, velvety finish, promises even greater development with bottle aging for 15 or more years.

Our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is made from several highly acclaimed Napa Valley vineyards, primarily from the Oakville District, that we have chosen as having the most expressive fruit character and finest balance of the vintage. Extended maceration, a long malolactic fermentation and aging in new French oak barrels, captured and enhanced the wines expression of vineyard terroir.

In Napa Valley, as throughout California, 1998 was an unusual year for weather. El NiƱo gave us a growing season punctuated with extremes ― twice the normal rainfall, 18 days of frost, cold weather at bloom and record heat spells. Yields for some varieties were down because of the wet weather during bloom and berry set. A period of excessive summer heat caused sunburn in some vineyards, necessitating thinning to maintain high quality. But then, as harvest approached, the weather improved, and we had near perfect mild, sunny days for ripening. The small, loose clusters had sufficient "hang time" on the vines to create vibrant flavors and natural balance in the wines. Overall, the 1998 harvest, one of the latest of the decade, turned out to be of excellent quality.

Our 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve captures the personality of Napa Valley's celebrated Oakville District with beautifully articulated flavors of berries, cassis and spice. We selected 70% of the blend from the Oakville District with 40% harvested from Robert Mondavi's historic To Kalon Estate Vineyard. This vineyard has been continually planted to grapes for over 130 years and, for more than 50 years, it has been the backbone of Robert Mondavis finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines. To Kalon Vineyard and the neighboring vineyards selected for this wine, are on the Oakville bench where low-fertility, well-drained soils allow deep rooting and the development of complex flavors in the grapes. To enhance the ripe berry complexity of the wine, and complement the Oakville District fruit, we harvested 15% of the grapes from the Stags Leap District, 10% from the Carneros District, and 5% from a vineyard in west Napa Valley. We hand-harvested the grapes at an average sugar level of 24.6 Brix with 0.67% acid and 3.69 pH.

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About 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.