Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
The 1996 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1999
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve carries the full classic aromas of crème de cassis, licorice, and cedarwood with layers of spice, camphor and roasted herbs. On the palate, the wine reflects the very expressive terroir of the To Kalon Vineyard with ripe blue and black fruits—mineral-laced dark berries and powerful, integrated tannins for which this vineyard is known. The lush aromatics and well developed flavors are wrapped in firm, velvety tannins, giving the wine an exceedingly long, aristocratic finish.
Wine Spectator - "A wonderful expression of stylish Cabernet that's ripe, fleshy, complex and layered, highlighting ripe currant, wild berry and blueberry, with touches of cedar and cigar box. The flavors gain traction on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 9,590 cases made. "
The Wine Advocate - "The full-bodied, powerful, pure 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is another outstanding effort revealing notes of spring flowers, toasty oak, creme de cassis, licorice, and graphite. One would have to go back to the 1990, 1991, 2001, or 2002 to find a Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve this impressive. The 2007 should evolve for 20-25 years.
Wine Enthusiast - "Bone dry and utterly balanced, with deeply powerful, long-lasting flavors of blackberries and black currants and an intense, but integrated, coating of smoky oak. But it’s also very tannic. Nothing soft about this wine. As fine a cellar candidate as any Mondavi Reserve in years. Should develop for 12, 15, even 20 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep, bright ruby. Very ripe, nuanced nose and palate offer cassis, minerals, graphite and licorice, plus a complicating note of tarry oak. Sweet, dense and rich, with classic Oakville cabernet flavors; strongly mineral- and soil-driven. Offers a lovely combination of fat, chewiness and sheer power. Finish with a mouthful of sweet tannins and excellent structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. This has turned out very well and should ultimately surpass the 2006."
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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 granted 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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.4 out of 5 stars
11 ratings, 3 with reviews54/7/2012sam lanzer - Englewood, CO43/18/2012111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA46/7/2011
Actually, 4.25 stars. First of all the vintage of 2007 Napa Valley is one of the best ever. Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet sauvignon 2007 is a blend of 7% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot and 90% cabernet sauvignon. 100% new French oak! Color, the wine has a sexy ruby red color. On the nose, there are a lot of things going on here. very ripe black licorice, blueberries, currants, a hint of vanilla, nice oak (not over the top), very floral. This is a fruit bamb bottle of wine (very new world). Midpalate, very consistent to what I get on the nose but black licorice is dominating here. Finish, this wise is well balanced and very well made. It lingers in the mouth, very polished, sexy tannins and lush. There are also black licorice and blackberries dancing on my palate here. This is indeed a voluptuous and elegant bottle of wine and very seductive. Even though it is bottled at 16%, it is still very well balanced and you do not feel the heat of alcohol at all. Good job, Robert Mondavi! I am 94+ pts on this effort. This is a soled bottle of wine and you should seek it out. Happy drinking!Mr. Marco - East Greenwich, RI55/9/2016JOHN JAY - Virginia Beach, VA52/10/2012One of the best cab's i've ever had! Well worth the money. Had a Filet with this....marvelous!!512/20/2011
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This is way above what we usually drink. Big and bold, opaque, big fruit, and smooth. Easily surpasses what you can get at a restaurant for $100. Truly has several unique characteristics that wine makers endeavor to put in their bottles.Anonymous - Poquoson, VA411/16/2011Anonymous - Poquoson, VA511/16/2011Boo Boo - Huntington, NY34/24/2011
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