1994 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I had the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve a half-dozen times this year, and it may be the finest Cabernet ever from Mondavi." From RP's 1996 tasting notes: "...The deep opaque purple color, and tightly wound nose and flavors still reveal enough profound aromas and flavors to mark this as one of Mondavi's most sensational efforts. The nose possesses a Margaux/Mouton-like cassis, lead pencil, floral aroma, backed-up by copious quantities of blackcurrant fruit. In the mouth, my notes said, 'great stuff.' The wine is full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional, and astonishingly well-balanced, with an inner-depth and core of exceptional richness and intensity. All of this has been accomplished without any notion of obtrusive weight, tannin, or alcohol. The finish lasts for 35+ seconds. Because of its luxurious quantity of fruit, this wine will be accessible young, thus much of it will be drunk long before it ever reaches full maturity. However, for those able to buy more than a bottle or two, and who possess the discipline to wait 10-15 years, this wine should prove to be a formidable California Cabernet with a rare complexity, elegance, and richness. It should be at its best between 2002-2025.
Full, bright dark red. Sexy, musky aromas of redcurrant, mocha and coffee, plus a hint of leather. Plush and smooth on the palate, offering rather wild flavors of redcurrant, mocha, earth, leather and game. The wine's lovely breadth is leavened by firm acidity and notes of herbs and spices. Finishes with insinuating length and terrific energy. (ST)
Looks quite mature at the rim. Sweet and almost medicinal on the nose. Very sweet and flattering but not at all heavy. Fragrant and very bordeaux-like structure. Clean palate cleanser. Lovely wine. (17.5/20 points)
95 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Robert Mondavi Cabernet Reserve vertical. This has a very different bouquet to the 1996: lighter and minty, more red fruit than black fruit profile, raspberry, bergamot, a touch of leather coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, almost filigree tannins, harmonious, light and more Bordeaux like than other vintages with a little dryness coming through on the ferrous, honey-textured finish. This exudes style and panache. One of the greats of the decade, no doubt. Tasted June 2009."