1997 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Our Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the great climate and soils that surround our winery in the geographic center of Napa Valley. Complex and muscular, this wine captures the unique characteristics of the region with deep layers of cassis and wild berries interwoven with nuances of cedar, vanillin and spice. The Oakville District has been the cradle of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons for over 120 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesYou may have noticed the rush of winewriters to condemn the latest offerings from the Mondavi winery. The fact of the matter is that the winery has been inconsistent for years as its volumes have escalated. Yet, there have always been enough that is right about the winery's portfolio to keep its reputation in tact, and there continue to be wines that offer lots to like. It is true that the wines can often be less fleshy and higher in acidity than has become the California norm. Yet, one can taste...
International Wine CellarFull ruby color. Spicy, perfumed aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and licorice. Fat, lush and broad; a large-framed wine with impressive thickness and sweetness of fruit. Creamy, very fine tannins really spread out on the palate. A superb showcase for the appellation the Mondavis have done so much to define and promote.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 94 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: unpredictable<br/>