(1997 Vintage) The complexity of flavors and exceptional elegance of our 1996 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the diversity of outstanding terroirs of Napa Valley. Notes of cassis, ripe berry, plum, spices, violets and chocolate unfold in the intriguing aromas and velvety flavors. Napa Valleys 1996 vintage yielded a small crop of intensely flavored grapes, giving this Cabernet Sauvignon remarkable richness, concentration and length on the palate.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) Mondavi'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.