2010 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard - Monastery Block" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L (Pre-Arrival)

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Only 20 cases were made of this amazing wine! Purchased at the 2012 Premiere Napa Valley Auction by our Domestic Wine Buying team, here is an amazing opportunity to own a one of a kind wine. The Monastery Block is a block of the To Kalon Vineyard that lies against the Mayacamas Mountains on the Oakville Bench. This part of the vineyard is planted with high density spacing (4'x4'). Grapes from this block are very concentrated and intense. Winemaker Genevieve Janssens has created a wine that is not only intense and concentrated; it is balanced, seamless and pure. This wine will be a candidate for the cellar and will age well for many years to come. This wine is sold as a Pre-arrival and will be delivered in Sept of 2013.

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/28/2012  | Send Email
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I was lucky enough to taste this wine 3 separate times during our 3 day stint in Napa valley during Premiere week and on each occasion my initial thought was this could easily pass for a 2nd growth Bordeaux and quite possibly a first-growth. Having been to Bordeaux on numerous trips to taste En Primeur Bordeaux I can safely say the quality we encountered in the 2010 Mondavi To-Kalon Vineyard Monastery Block led us to make sure we won this lot at auction. Gorgeous fruit, great structure and fine integrated tannins-this wine has it all and then some. This is your opportunity to own something truly exclusive as only a few barrels of this wine were produced. Don't miss out to own something truly unique and exclusive.
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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.