1991 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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)
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)
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)
*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.
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)
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.