2013 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of black currants, violets, lavender, and stone follow through a full body, chewy tannins and toned muscular structure. This is a Mondavi reserve that harkens back to the great years of the 1970s. A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the winery. Try in 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the To Kalon Vineyard celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great Robert Mondavi and his extraordinary vision to create something special in the heart of Napa Valley. A beautifully polished wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, it is still tightly knit and showing high-quality oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with outstanding depth, ripeness and purity. There is plenty of backbone and tannin for 25-30 years of cellaring. The wine shows notes of chocolate and plenty of blackcurrant fruit and blackberry. This is a beauty and certainly a great reserve and worthy homage to the legendary Robert Mondavi. Give it another 2-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30 years. 95+ (RP)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes across as quite restrained today, with most of its power lurking in the background. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, though. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and savory herbs open up gradually, but the 2013 needs at least a few years to uncoil and will drink well for another two decades or so beyond that. This is an especially refined expression of the famed To-Kalon vineyard. The Cabernets are the stars in this lineup from Robert Mondavi Winery. The straight Napa Valley Cabernet is a solid value and should be relatively easy to find given its large production. While the Oakville Cabernet rightly get most of the attention here, the Stags Leap Cabernet is once again the hidden jewel in the range. Like most of her colleagues, Genevieve Janssens, Mondavi's Director of Winemaking, describes 2013 as a vintage in which the wines extracted quickly. According to Janssens, the 2013s were born 'unbalanced' so much work was needed to finalize the blends. Drought conditions proved to be too much in 2013, so Mondavi did not bottle their I Block Fumé Blanc. (AG)
*Cellar Selection* A wine marking the 50th anniversary of Robert Mondavi Winery’s founding, this shows the grandeur of the man, the vineyard and the vintage. Full bodied and robust, it’s intense in bark, tar and black licorice, with dottings of coconut. Aromatically inviting, it’s dusty and soft, with acres of complexity and structure. Enjoy it in 2023 and beyond.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(14.6% alcohol; this is Mondavi's 50th Anniversary bottling): Bright, saturated ruby. Very dark, highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, licorice, minerals and spices, lifted by a peppery nuance (winemaker Geneviève Janssens noted that Robert Mondavi always liked Cabernet Franc, even back in 1966). Extremely tight and savory, showing an herbal element and conveying an impression of strong acidity. This strikes me as not especially ripe in the context of the vintage but it's extremely backward today. Finishes with big, mouth-clenching tannins and a note of youthful bitterness. Decant this if you plan to open it in its youth--or, better yet, forget it in the cellar for six or seven years. This large-scaled but rather opaque wine is almost painful today but holds out considerable potential and may ultimately merit a significantly higher score. 92+ (ST)
Fresh fruit aromatics with more of a sense of brightness plus a note of blueberry. The palate moves into chocolate and herbs with a lot of density. There is clearly more to this wine but it is so young and taut currently that it needs time in bottle to show more. Fine, firm, serious tannins with balancing acidity. The 2013 has less showy fruit, more structural balance, and more seriousness than the 2012 (not that the 2012 is unserious). More focus on structure here for plenty of ageing potential. 17+/20 points (ECB)