1997 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
|Vineyard:||Robert Mondavi Winery|
Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon epitomizes the rich character and soft, approachable tannins of the vintage. With the season's long "hang time" the small berries reached the desired state of ripeness where the tannins become very soft and supple. Even in its youth, this Reserve wine has tremendous fruit expression, depth, and a velvety texture. The outstanding natural balance, enhanced by gentle vinification, promises great aging potential. Filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms, accompanied...
International Wine CellarVery good deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of crystallized red berries, cassis, graphite and grilled nuts. Lush, sweet and minerally; already displays compelling inner-mouth complexity and superb delineation. Youthful fruit flavors show less of the meaty quality that characterized some recent vintages of this wine. Very strong underlying backbone. The wine's lovely sweetness carries through to the very long finish, which features dusty, even tannins.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSweetened up with the lovely, decidedly creamy oak that is a Mondavi hallmark, this bright, young Cabernet displays plenty of fruity concentration and suggests raspberries and a touch of currants in both scent and taste. Its rounded, somewhat juicy flavors are surprisingly accessible now, and it would seem that no more than three or four years of age are needed to bring this one to its polished best.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 94 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: unpredictable<br/>