1991 Robert Mondavi "Reserve'" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, this gives earthy / meaty notes over a core of red and blackcurrant preserves, pencil lead and Indian spices. Medium-full bodied with medium-firm, fine grained tannins and crisp acid, there’s plenty of expressive fruit in the mouth giving a good long finish. (LPB) [Note: Perrotti-Brown's 2011 score consistent with Robert Parker's 8/2002 score of 96 points: '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.' ]
*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.
Very fresh, curranty, with herb aromas. Fresh acid on the palate too, undemonstrative but long, neat, in that sense 'clarety'. Plus it has classic, giveaway orange pepper notes for Napa.
Offers mature currant, coffee, cedar and anise flavors, it turns rich and complex. (Web-2002)
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.