2008 Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
*Ranked #20 in Top 100 Wines of 2011, Highly Recommended* A supple, graceful, yet potent and engaging young Cabernet, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Shows intense, minty bay leaf and dried currant and berry flavors that unfold gracefully, picking up a nice minerally edge as well as tannins that are firm yet graceful and refined.
A deeply flavored, impressive Cabernet, rich in fruit and magnificently structured. Hits it out of the park with ripe blackberries and cassis that finish sweet in toasty oak. The tannins are pure Oakville, soft and complex.
This is very well done with aromas of berries, fresh mint and licorice. Full body with a spicy palate as well as plenty of fruit and bright acidity. A balanced and well-integrated wine. This can age.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright medium ruby. Aromatic, essence-of-Oakville nose offers black raspberry, cassis, loam, spices, licorice and menthol. Lush but fresh and delineated, with a medicinal minty quality to the cassis and graphite flavors. A bit tough for a 2008, but there's also good underlying sweetness and length here. The wine's serious tannic structure calls for a few years of patience. Will this fatten up in bottle?