1997 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon To-Kalon Reserve, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon that has a dark ruby/purple color, a gorgeously broad, complex nose of cedar, black fruits, new saddle leather, and mineral. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, showing slightly higher tannin and austerity than it did last year, but there is no doubt this wine has depth, multiple layers of flavor, an expansive texture, and a long, reassuring, concentrated finish. It needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and should age for at least 30+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Black raspberry, minerals and flowers on the nose, plus an exotic suggestion of apricot. Dense, lush and large, with an impressively outsized structure, but bright acids give the flavors excellent delineation. Conveys an impression of thoroughly ripe fruit and distinctive site character. Finishes with sweet, layered, palate-coating tannins.
**Best Buy** Younger, bigger, tighter than the ‘96. Lots of currants upfront; chocolate layer cake. Fairly tannic. A bit sharp in acids and lacks the elegance of ‘96. Should develop well after 2010