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2007 Cab Greats - Mondavi Reserve and Groth Reserve - 11/01/2010 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

When you're talking about great Napa-area Cabernet from great vintages (like 2007), the reserve bottlings from both Groth and Mondavi have to be on your short list of guaranteed classics-in-the-making.

2007 Groth Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 0 available ($89.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A huge Cabernet, in the best sense of the word. It wasnt the easiest vintage, as 2007 was, but meticulous winemaking did the job, resulting in this amazingly rich, impressively ripe wine thats drinkable now and will develop for many years. The fruits veer toward blackberries, cherries and cola, and the tannins are soft and refined. One hundred percent new French oak isnt at all heavy, lending nuances of buttered toast and sweet wood tannins. Will easily age for 15 years." (02/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and concentrated, with a dense, rich, chewy beam of dried currant, mineral, graphite, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's intense and full-blown, both flexing its muscle while displaying deft balance. Ends with a compact, layered finish. (JL)" (10/2010)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "A classic Napa Valley Cabernet, this grows at Groths 21.8 Reserve Vineyard on the Oakville Crossroad. Its a parcel of high ground on the valley floor, the best-draining soil on the estate, replanted in 1999 and 2000. The young vines produced a tightly structured 2007, layering fresh woodland cherry flavors over supple tannins. Theres power in those tannins, expressed in a chipped mineral character as the wine evolves with air. The tension between zesty fruit and dark tannins gives this wine its rounded form. For the cellar." (12/2011)

93 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of currants, blackberries and flowers. Licorice. Gorgeous to smell. Full-bodied, with racy tannins and smoky, spice and dark chocolate. Fresh and bright with a solid core of fruit." (06/2011)

2007 Robert Mondavi Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - -14 available ($109.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully crafted, dense and harmonious, with currant, mocha, graphite and graham cracker flavors on the finish. (JL, Web-2016)"

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bone dry and utterly balanced, with deeply powerful, long-lasting flavors of blackberries and black currants and an intense, but integrated, coating of smoky oak. But its also very tannic. Nothing soft about this wine. As fine a cellar candidate as any Mondavi Reserve in years. Should develop for 12, 15, even 20 years. *Best of 2010, Cellar Selection*" (10/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The full-bodied, powerful, pure 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is another outstanding effort revealing notes of spring flowers, toasty oak, creme de cassis, licorice, and graphite. One would have to go back to the 1990, 1991, 2001, or 2002 to find a Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve this impressive. The 2007 should evolve for 20-25 years. (RP) 95+" (12/2009)

91 points Vinous: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is deep, plush and voluptuous. Although the first signs of tertiary maturity are starting to set in, the 2007 has enough depth to drink well for another decade or so. (AG)" (01/2018)