1998 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Soft and succulent blackberry and cassis fruit upfront, framed by squeaky clean tannins and solid oak elements. This is most notable for its voluptuous, velvety texture, which coats the palate with sweet flavors. It’s not a big wine but a balanced, harmonious one, and a success for the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is evolved. A plum/ruby color is followed by aromas of toasty oak, tobacco, black currants, smoke, and spice box. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, with excellent fruit on the attack, some real charm and roundness...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Redcurrant, lead pencil, nuts and fresh herbs on the nose. Supple, ripe and sweet, with lovely texture and suave tannins for the vintage. Still, the licorice and herbal flavors are not as expressive as usual for this cuvee.
A mix of weedy herbal, dill and spicy oak scents with medium-bodied cherry and bell pepper. Elegant and drinking well.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2009)
At a recent blind tasting of 1993 through 1998 Robert Mondavi Reserve, which was hosted by Michael Mondavi, the 1998 showed great! I picked it as the second best wine of the tasting after the 1996. The 1998 vintage is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Mondavi Reserve Cabernet captures the personality of Napa Valley's Oakville District with 40% of the grapes harvested from the historic To Kalon Estate Vineyard. The wine is aged in 85% new French oak barrels and bottled unfiltered. The wine shows black cherry, spice, cedar and minerals, this is a wine to drink and age mid-term.