2007 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

Year: 2007
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
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"Deep, rich and concentrated, yet well-balanced, elegant and detailed, with mineral, loamy earth, dried berry, black licorice and sage flavors that firm up and end with drying tannins. Drink now through 2020. 13,700 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc) has deep black currant fruit as well as notes of lead pencil shavings, camphor, and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, elegant, and rich from beginning to end, with outstanding purity, depth, and texture. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years." (WA)

"(includes 6% cabernet and bits of malbec and merlot) Good, bright ruby-red. Highly expressive aromas and flavors of currant, rose petal and cardamom. At once sweet and delicate, with sneaky depth of flavor. This really spreads out to coat the mouth and finishes with impressive breadth. The most gentle and approachable of Mondavi's 2007 cabernets. "In 2007 we could wait as long as we wanted to pick, without getting dehydration like in 2006," noted winemaker Gonzalez." (IWC)

"On a perfect Friday evening at our favorite BYO Tin Roof Bistro (which also has great wine prices), we were enjoying a Cabernet that could only come from one place on earth. Something about the tiny Oakville AVA in Napa Valley produces totally identifiable Cabernet that is arguably the most sought after in the country. Wineries like Opus One, Plumpjack and Groth have made their names in Oakville, but perhaps the single biggest name in Oakville is To Kalon vineyard.

To Kalon, part of which is owned by the Beckstoffer family, just might be the source of more 95+ point wines than any other vineyard on earth. It’s long been the source for Mondavi’s Reserve Cabernet and this, the Oakville Cabernet. Almost all of Schrader’s numerous 100 point wines come from To Kalon. Paul Hobbs picks this vineyard for his premier Cabernet bottling, at a cool $235. So do names like Realm, Alpha Omega and Myriad for their $100+ wines.

So at $27.95, this Mondavi Oakville Cabernet, 86% of which comes from To Kalon Vineyard, is a screaming value and a heck of a wine. It’s signature Oakville from start to finish with a knock-out nose of ripe, dark fruit and coffee. On the palate it’s concentrated and broad with sweet flavors covering the mouth. Though it will age well for over a decade, it’s actually drinking earlier than Mondavi’s regular Napa bottling, so be sure to pick up enough to drink now and later.

Everyone at our table, including Nick our server, agreed that this was the clear winner over the 2004 Freemark Abbey Cabernet we also enjoyed. $45 at the winery, this wine is a strong contender for top Napa Cabernet under $30 and clearly takes that prize amongst Oakville Cabernet, though Turnbull gives Mondavi a run for their money. If you don’t want to believe me, trust Robert Parker or the notoriously point-stingy Stephen Tanzer each of whom gave it 91 points. (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Our Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon offers a distinctive flavor profile. The rich, fruit-focused style and bold tannins define the beauty and intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the Oakville growing region of Napa Valley.

Intense, sophisticated, powerful and persistent, the Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon opens with smooth yet brawny tannins and broadens into big, bold flavors.