1987 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This extraordinary wine is backward and unevolved, but even neophytes will recognize its potential greatness. The opaque, saturated, dark purple color reveals no sign of age. The huge, smoky, oaky, blackcurrant, herb, and vanillin-scented nose only hints at what will be achieved with further evolution. Sweet, decadently rich, dense, highly extracted flavors are wrapped around a full-bodied, chewy, super-concentrated, moderately tannic wine that, ideally, needs 7-8 more years of cellaring. It is a 25 to 30 year California Cabernet Sauvignon that is just beginning to become civilized. A potential legend in the making!
Mature, complex aromas of dried cherry, fresh earth, sage and dried olive are similarly dry on the palate. Past its prime yet still drinking well.--'87 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web Only- 2008)