1973 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900782 Jancis Robinson

 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc. Fermentation in stainless steel completed in three days and the wine was left on skins a total of 12 days. Ageing in French oak barrels for 29 months then blended. The vintage was regarded as one of the best in over a decade at the time. A cold winter was followed by a late spring and cool summer with warm enough harvest for adequate ripening. A nose of fresh dried cherry, cedar and mint follow through to dried herbs and dark chocolate on the palate. Persistent, fine tannins and balancing acidity. There is a refreshing mix of green and black pepper here that does not show in the surrounding vintages. The 1973 tastes a little more blunt, with less interest than its older siblings. Drink now. (ECB)  (4/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Exhibiting a deep, youthful color with only slight amber at the edge, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated wine offers a touch of mint, moderate tannin, and a moderately intense, ripe, extracted finish. The wine appears surprisingly young and unevolved, with a lot of fresh, lively, vibrant fruit. If this is a typical bottle, it will easily last for 10-15 more years. (RP)  (8/1994)

Wine Spectator

 Still complete for its age, with traces of dried fruit and spice.—Robert Mondavi vertical (December 2015). Drink now. (JL, Web Only-2016)

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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.

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.


- 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.