2012 Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
*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.
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)
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.
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.."