Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 1.5L
Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.
The grapes for this 2014 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon were hand harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in the RMondavi gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently de-stemmed directly into traditional oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration-a total of 22 days of wine to skin contact--maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into French oak barrels (17% new) for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 17 months of barrel aging.
Dark fruits of black cherry, plum and blackberry are layered seamlessly with sweet spice, herbal, dark earth and a touch of sweet tobacco in our 2014 vintage, and accompany the rich concentration, silky tannins and long finish that we look forward to in our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon each year. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Malbec, 0.5% Syrah
Wine SpectatorA solid effort, trim, rich, spicy and deftly balanced, offering a core of currant, blackberry, cedar and dried herb. Ends with gutsy tannins. Best from 2018 through 2028. 188,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastClassic and restrained, with herbal components and a firm tannic backbone, this is a finely made wine at a respectable price that's easy to enjoy and share. Savory currant, leather and oak define it best.