2004 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Complex, sweet nose combines black cherry, blackcurrant, gravel, licorice and graphite. Silky, minerally and sweet, with terrific intensity and thrust, not to mention inner-mouth energy. Finishes with a firm spine of ripe tannins and very persistent, mouthcoating fruits and minerals. This is a full 15.3% alcohol but I never would have guessed it. Interestingly, associate winemaker Gonzalez told me he particularly likes the power of the 2003 reds here, "especially in their youth." But this has real verve.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this beauty reveals wonderfully sweet black currant fruit, soft tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a broad, elegant texture, and an authoritative, pure finish. It possesses both power and elegance, but is not yet fully mature. It should continue to evolve for another 10-12+ years.
*#9 on the Top 100 Wines of 2007* Offers a range of herb, dill, currant and red berry notes, with firm, dusty tannins and an elegant framework. The flavors hang together and the finish ends with a clean, snappy vibrancy. (Web Only-2014)
It weighs in at 15 per cent alcohol, yet with nary a hint of heat. Unapologetically ripe, it also has tremendous concentration and focus -- even elegance -- and sturdy tannins, with rich cassis and black cherry, liquorice, vanillin and very refreshing acidity. Generous and delicious now, it also has the backbone for at least another 10 years. 18.5/20 points.