1974 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautiful, only-slightly-bricked colour. Immediate, very aromatic nose: blackberries and sesame crisps. An extraordinary simultaneous fresh-savoury aspect. Staggering energy, symmetry and beauty. A lesson in intensity with grace. A lot of grip, again; drives across the palate. Gives no sense of 'age' whatsoever. Even after an hour in the glass, the aroma sings. Remarkable. 19.5/20 points (AH)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mondavi's regular 1974 Cabernet still reveals a solid, deep, young color for its age, a tight but spicy, earthy, herb, and curranty-scented nose, medium body, a certain leanness, but good freshness, and a straightforward, monochromatic style. (RP)
While there are many individuals and wineries that helped catapult California's wine industry onto the international stage, all of their efforts can be summed up in the life of one man: Robert Mondavi. These older vintages of Mondavi's Cabernets are like a sneak peek into our winemaking past, a chance to taste history and a collector's dream.