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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97408)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 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
1978 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensely fragrant with aromas of crème de cassis, graphite and notes of lavender and bay. Rich flavors of blackberry and huckleberry merge with earthiness and minerality. Tannins are generous and well-developed, firm yet sweet. A powerful wine with elegance and grace.

Napa Valley's 2006 vintage began with a wet winter that extended into spring, delivering more than twice the average rainfall for March and nearly four times the April average. The precipitation delayed bloom, but once the skies cleared, the vines had good fruit set and progressed slowly and steadily through slightly warmer than usual June weather. In July, a brief hot spell of four consecutive days over 100-degrees had the effect of putting the vines "on hold" before ripening continued when mild weather returned in August. Lower temperatures extended through September and October, with some fog and cloudy days. Overall, the 2006 growing season was significantly cooler than average, and harvest began generally later. Grapes for this wine were picked October 12-27. All the fruit was in the winery before light rains fell in early November. Crop levels for 2006 were average and thanks to the long hang time, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, quality was excellent.

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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.