Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 [1.5L MAGNUM]
(Napa Valley, California) - [JS 92] [WS 91] [AG 90-91]
Regular price $125.00 Sale price $99.99 Save $25.01
Notes from the Winemaker:
This wine has everything we love about Oakville cabernet sauvignon: a dense, mid-palate richness, complexity and a deliciously long finish. Dark red cherry fruit joins sinfully deep mocha flavors that finish with a spicy note of black pepper.
When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery, in 1966, he remarked "It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rainÃ¢â‚¬â€to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure." Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. The To Kalon Vineyard lies on prime benchland in west Oakville. The low fertility, well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity.
Appellation: 100% To Kalon Vineyard, 100% Oakville District, Napa Valley
The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a total of 33 days of wine to skin contact Ã¢â‚¬â€œ maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 75% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 21 months of barrel aging.
Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - James Suckling:
"A cabernet with form, freshness and tension. Full body, tight and refined tannins and a black currant, blackberry and light chocolate aftertaste. Drink in 2018." (May 2016)
91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Tightly wound, with a muscular mix of lead pencil and graphite accenting the core of dense berry, earth, gravel and cedary oak notes. Slowly reveals black licorice, anise and savory herb flavors, but needs cellaring time. Best from 2019 through 2030. 18,302 cases made." Ã¢â‚¬â€œ JL (Nov 2016)
90-91 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is another succulent, expressive wine that should drink well with minimal cellaring. Mocha, plums, espresso, dark spices and menthol all meld together. This is an unusually open, juicy 2013 with plenty of flesh and near term appeal." - (Oct 2015)
89 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"An easygoing, attractive 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville with a deep ruby/purple color, nice cedary wood notes, supple tannins and nice blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. Not terribly complex, but savory and delicious, it is best drunk over the next 10-15 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2015)