Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.6%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
The 2007 vintage was excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Responding to a cold, dry winter with 40 to 50% less rainfall than average, the vines' vigor was diminished from the outset, producing minimal foliage. Spring temperatures were warm, starting the growing season quickly with early bloom and fruit set. With mild temperatures prevailing through August, the grapes ripened slowly and evenly in ideal conditions of sunny days and foggy evenings. A temperate fall allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit to hang longer, giving us concentrated and spectacular flavors.
Opulence defines this rich bouquet of black cherries, blackberries and spice. Lush aromatics of wild thyme and French lavender meet traces of mocha and roasted coffee, balanced with silky tannins that augment a long finish. This wine demonstrates why Cabernet Sauvignon from the legendary Oakville AVA is some of the most sought-after in the world.
Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc
"A big, dense, brooding wine, concentrated and powerful in blackberries, cherries and cassis. The tannins are sandpapery, giving the mouth a scoury feeling added to by the acids. An interesting, complex young wine that's well made and needs time to come around. Drink it over the next 6-8 years."
"Deep, rich and concentrated, yet well-balanced, elegant and detailed, with mineral, loamy earth, dried berry, black licorice and sage flavors that firm up and end with drying tannins. Drink now through 2020. 13,700 cases made."
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc) has deep black currant fruit as well as notes of lead pencil shavings, camphor, and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, elegant, and rich from beginning to end, with outstanding purity, depth, and texture. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Good, bright ruby-red. Highly expressive aromas and flavors of currant, rose petal and cardamom. At once sweet and delicate, with sneaky depth of flavor. This really spreads out to coat the mouth and finishes with impressive breadth. The most gentle and approachable of Mondavi's 2007 cabernets. 'In 2007 we could wait as long as we wanted to pick, without getting dehydration like in 2006,' noted winemaker Gonzalez."
International Wine Cellar
Excellent Mondavi from an excellent year
Pretty good, but I expected a bit more.
A very good wine for the price full bodied.
Big & Bold
Excellent! A real treat at a great price. I should have purchased more!
Big & Bold
Big California Cab. Lots of black fruit, lots of tannin. Like most 07 Cabs, it can indeed be enjoyed now, but needs a little more time before it reaches its potential. There is plenty here to portend a very complex, layered more elgant wine, if one has the patience to let the youthful exuberance settle down with some bottle aging.
Somewhat disappointing. Basically bought because of the 33% discount. Lacks the character I look for in a good napa cab. Solid smell, but short on the palate and little complexity. Rather simple cap.
Big & Bold
What a diappointment. I had the unfiltered Mondavi Oakville a few years back and thought that it was one of most delicious cabs I had ever had. I expected the 2007 Cab to be just as good, but was thoroughly disappointed at the first taste and subsequent glasses. This cab was bland, had no real body and was not a very smooth wine at all. I felt embarrassed sharing this wine with my guest. Maybe my other two bottles will be better? I hope so.
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