1991 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900419 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine is just beginning to drink spectacularly well. The fabulous 1991 Reserve is the quintessential Napa Cabernet that represents a synthesis in style between the elegance of a first-growth Bordeaux and the ripe, intense, generous fruit of Napa Valley. It is just hitting its peak of maturity where it should remain for 10-20 years. (RP)  (8/2002)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Striking, with a solid core of rich dark berry, currant and boysenberry flavors. Dense and powerful for a Mondavi Reserve. Still promising. Robert Mondavi vertical (December 2015). Drink now. (JL, Web-2016)

93 points Vinous

 Good dark red. Inviting aromas and flavors of currant, spices, tobacco and mocha complicated by nuances of meat and leather. Sweet, pliant, elegant Cabernet with lovely vinosity and cut. Subtly aromatic and fine-grained in the way of a seriously good Médoc wine. Finishes very long, with serious but suave tongue-dusting tannins. This very classy bottle seemed even younger than my sample of the 1994. (ST)  (5/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* 50% To Kalon. Showing good varietal character. Fresh, attractive. One of Genevieve Janssen’s favorites. To me, on the first pour it was unyielding, tight, closed. After lots of time in the glass, became more forthcoming. Needs lots of decanting. Now-2016.  (6/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Aromatics of creamy baking spice and cedar with a pleasant accent of eucalyptus roll into a palate of red fruit with hints of cocoa. Ample acidity and fine, persistent tannins work together for a stimulating palate. The tannins here are more abundant than the surrounding vintages but it is coupled with an abundance of pleasing acidity creating good balance of the two. 17.5/20 points (ECB)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

About 70% of this wine came from the To Kalon vineyard in 1991. Mondavi's tasting notes: "Gracefully revealing the complexity of age, our 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve unfolds with layers of rich, highly extracted dark fruit flavors. The wine has elegance and balance from the outstanding 1991 vintage, with a firm tannin structure that assures continued development in the bottle. The perfectly articulated cassis, berry and spice character captures the personality of our To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Oakville region. The 1991 vintage celebrates our 25th anniversary, marking an important benchmark for Robert Mondavi Winery." 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.

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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.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.