2008 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • ST 93
  • WE 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a big wine loaded with black fruit cedar licorice grilled herbs and tar. Layers of flavor build effortlessly to the muscular virile finish. Despite its size the 2008 Reserve... The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a big wine loaded with black fruit cedar licorice grilled herbs and tar. Layers of flavor build effortlessly to the muscular virile finish. Despite its size the 2008 Reserve maintains elements of classicism that serve to balance some of the wine's more extroverted leanings. The wine impresses for its depth expressive inner perfume and beautifully integrated tannins. It is a showstopper from Mondavi. The 2008 Reserve is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2011
Rich supple and graceful with firm tannins supporting ripe plum currant blackberry and spice. Full-bodied but not heavy or dense. Pleasantly complex and engaging. Drink now through 2022. -JL
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May 2016
Bright, dark ruby. Very sexy, cool aromas of fresh black cherry, black olive and pepper. Suave and energetic, offering excellent energy and clarity of flavor, not to mention superb retention of dark berry fruit, along... Bright, dark ruby. Very sexy, cool aromas of fresh black cherry, black olive and pepper. Suave and energetic, offering excellent energy and clarity of flavor, not to mention superb retention of dark berry fruit, along with pepper and balsamic nuances. Just a touch of torrefaction here to add another dimension. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins and excellent length. Hold this.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
A very fine Cabernet fancy and elegant in the mouth although the tannins are tough and the wine wants some time. Your first impression is of astringency a combination both of grape skin and oak tannins. Next the... A very fine Cabernet fancy and elegant in the mouth although the tannins are tough and the wine wants some time. Your first impression is of astringency a combination both of grape skin and oak tannins. Next the blockbuster core of blackberries and black currants hits leading to a long spicy finish. Despite high alcohol this seems like a wine that should develop over the next ten years. - S.H.
JJB 94
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, June 2012
Opaque core with a vibrant fuchsia rim. Stunningly complex and equally intriguing on the nose with aromas of black cherry blackberry camphor incense anise and mocha chocolate. Soft and super silky on the palate with loads... Opaque core with a vibrant fuchsia rim. Stunningly complex and equally intriguing on the nose with aromas of black cherry blackberry camphor incense anise and mocha chocolate. Soft and super silky on the palate with loads of dark fruit followed by velvety tannins which continue to build and build. The mouthfeel is incredible leading up to a long suave finish. Beautiful wine that should continue to develop for years to come.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2008

Label

For Mondavi’s Reserve Cabernet, grapes are hand-harvested with three stages of strict sorting: first, on the vine, then by individual clusters, and then again by single berry following de-stemming. The selected grapes go directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration–a total of 35 days of wine to skin contact–maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping tannins round and supple. The new wine is drained and gently pressed into 100% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blends are assembled through repeated tasting trials over twenty months of barrel aging.

Winery

Mondavi, Robert

Robert Mondavi Winery is a leading California wine producer established by its namesake in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for the winery. The historic vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.

Beyond the To Kalon Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery sources grapes from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards, including Stag’s Leap (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc) and Carneros (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).

Robert Mondavi was instrumental in bringing worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley and promoted the labeling of wines varietally which is now the standard for New World wines. One of his most important collaborations was with Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, creating Opus One, which has become one of California’s icon Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

For 5 decades, Robert Mondavi Winery has led California’s wine industry, and much of the world, with innovations in winemaking and winegrowing.

The Robert Mondavi brand was acquired by Constellation Brands in 2004 and following its sale, Robert Mondavi partnered with his younger son Tim and daughter Marcia to create Continuum Estate. Robert Mondavi passed away in 2008 at the age of 94.