2003 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Our Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon has deep, expressive aromas and flavors of berry and black currant with nuances of mocha, violets and spice. The fruit envelops an elegant structure with firm, velvety tannins and excellent length. The wine’s personality comes from the soils and climates of vineyards located in the geographic center of Napa Valley. Fermentation with both native and cultured yeast strains gives layers of nuance to the wine, and extended skin contact intensifies varietal...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesMondavi's basic Cabernet starts out well enough with attractive aromas of ripe cherries and fairly rich oak, but its simple flavors run afoul of blunting tannins, and its fundamental fruit is lost to tongue-drying astringency. In need of some five or more years of softening, it never finds a sufficiently fruity voice to convince us that it will age into beauty.
International Wine CellarGood ruby-red. Currant, mocha, espresso and chocolate on the nose; more deeply pitched than the merlot. Then sweet, full and dense, with ripe flavors of redcurrant, mocha and tobacco. Finishes with substantial but nicely buffered tannins and a slightly roasted quality.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 92 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: unpredictable<br/>