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1996 Robert Mondavi "30th Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1121159 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There is a majesty, richness, and breadth to 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon 30th Anniversary Reserve. This special bottling (about 1,000 cases) is a fabulous wine. From its opaque purple color and stunning aromatics of blackberries, cassis, pain grille, licorice, and Asian spices, to its full-bodied, concentrated, superbly-extracted style, this wine possesses virtually everything. Layers of fruit, glycerin, extract, and sweet tannin are presented in a flamboyant format. The tannin level is high, but so is the wine's richness and length. It is a sensational effort. Anticipated Maturity: 2005-2030. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1998)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A monumentally beautiful wine mostly from the famed To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. Dark color. Deeply aromatic. Brims with dusty earth, black-currant, and spice. Young, but great already. Opulent, plush and polished, with a solid core of ripe, racy fruit. Notable not only for its impressive depth, but the elegance and finesse of its structure. Inner quote mark (7/2000)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Weaves together a complex array of currant, earth, cedar, leather and anise, gaining richness and polish on the finish, turning firm and tannic. Sold only at the winery. (JL) Inner quote mark (6/2000)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Robert Mondavi Cabernet Reserve vertical. The 1996 Reserve has a slightly bretty nose with notes of blackberry, gingerbread, hints of white fennel all with good definition and finesse. The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive, supple entry. Clean, pure black cherries, bilberry, a touch of damson all with good acidity and fine structure. Lovely sweet core of fruit. Certainly preferable to the 2001s tasted alongside, this is fine, elegant Cabernet that will age well over 10-15 years even though it is difficult to resist temptation now." (06/2009)

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