2008 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

Year: 2008
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 89+
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 93
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"A supple, graceful, yet potent and engaging young Cabernet, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Shows intense, minty bay leaf and dried currant and berry flavors that unfold gracefully, picking up a nice minerally edge as well as tannins that are firm yet grace- ful and refined. Drink now through 2020. From California." (WS)

"The dense ruby/purple 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville has attractive black currant fruit as well as hints of chocolate and toast. This blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc is complex, elegant, and reassuring. Medium to full-bodied and pure, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade. " (WA)

"(93% from To-Kalon fruit): Good bright medium ruby. Aromatic, essence-of-Oakville nose offers black raspberry, cassis, loam, spices, licorice and menthol. Lush but fresh and delineated, with a medicinal minty quality to the cassis and graphite flavors. A bit tough for a 2008, but there's also good underlying sweetness and length here. The wine's serious tannic structure calls for a few years of patience. Will this fatten up in bottle?" (IWC)