Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 by winemaking pioneer and absolute legend Robert Mondavi. His vision was to create Napa Valley wines that could stand up and even surpass the world’s finest wines. His was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition and the one that most everyone has been chasing since.
The 2019s across the board from Mondavi are enormous wines but with a freshness and balanced acidity that doesn’t often accompany wines of this character. For the base wine in this amazing portfolio, at this price – nothing from Napa or anywhere else for that matter is really going to compare.
James Suckling gave this one 92 points as did Jeb Dunnuck (formerly with Robert Parker’s outfit) who called it “impressive” and “an incredible achievement.”
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92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The base 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is certainly impressive, and since there are 90,000 cases, it’s an incredible achievement. Classic darker currants, tobacco leaf, truffly earth, and spicy oak all define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins, terrific balance, and outstanding length. Based off 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, buy a case and enjoy bottles over the coming 10-15 years. Best after 2022.
92 Points, James Suckling
Lovely cabernet notes of bell pepper, blackcurrants, blackberry leaves and cassis, together with some cocoa powder. I like the freshness. Medium body and creamy, powdery tannins. Juicy and extremely drinkable. 80% cabernet sauvignon, the rest merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and some malbec. Drink from 2023.
91 Points, Wine Spectator
A solid, forthright Cabernet, with cedar and warm stone notes framing the core of gently steeped black currant and blackberry fruit. Savory and loam accents flash through the finish.