2012 Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1211001 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Exhibiting both stuffing and style with plenty of rich oak in league with its deep and well-sustained ripe currant fruit, Mondavi's Oakville bottling is a fleshy, full-bodied Cabernet that stays deftly away from outsized astringency and, while certainly built to age nicely, it shows an unmistakable sense of winemaking polish and crafting. That is not to say that it begs short-term drinking, and it is, in fact, some years away from reaching its considerable best. Manners aside, it deserves a half-decade of patience and will age gracefully for at least twice that time.  (8/2016)


 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty, supple wine with plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet herbs, red berries, flowers and leather meld together nicely in the glass. The 2012 is soft, supple and open. I expect the 2012 will offer its best drinking earlier rather than later. (AG)  (12/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Still a bit reticent, but with a structured core of cedar and dusty oak-laced currant and dark berry flavors. Touches of dried herb and sage lead to a tannic finish, but this will only get better with time. Drink now through 2026. 18,210 cases made.  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

An excellent value for its provenance, this Cabernet Sauvignon is among this iconic Napa Valley winery's flagship releases. Not only is it entirely sourced from the celebrated Napa Valley district of Oakville, but the vast majority of the grapes are grown in the historic To Kalon vineyard. 91 Points The Tasting Panel, August 2015: "Dark, smooth and rich with plum, cassis and spice; lush, balanced and tangy with elegant style and a long finish." (Anthony Dias Blue) From the winery's tasting note: "This wine has everything we love about Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon: a dense, mid-palate richness, complexity and a deliciously long finish. Dark red cherry fruit joins sinfully deep mocha flavors that finish with a spicy note of black pepper.."

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14