2016 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 96+
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 96+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$109.95

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"Solidly built, featuring a core of cassis, bitter cherry and plum reduction notes, laced up with racy savory, iron and singed cedar accents. Takes a restrained approach, showing subtle energy, but the fruit is sneakily long and the finish nicely grounded. Best from 2021 through 2032. 8,550 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Reserve opens with beautifully fragrant kirsch, wilted roses, candied violets and dried Provence herbs notes over a core of wild blueberries, red and black currants and mulberries plus wafts of tobacco leaf and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with perfumed, crunchy black fruits framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and finishes long and earthy." (WA)

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is dense, powerful and explosive, with serious concentration and tannic heft. Readers should not be in a rush to open the 2016, as it needs time to come into its own. There is plenty to admire and look forward to in this decidedly virile, potent Cabernet Sauvignon."(VM)

"The flagship 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a more long-term effort yet is loaded with potential. Coming all from Mondavi’s To Kalon holdings and seeing an extended maceration and 18 months in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by rocking notes of blackberries, black cherries, smoke tobacco, black licorice, and crushed rocks. With a terrific sense of minerality, subtle background oak, full body, and impeccable balance, hide bottles for 4-5 years and this beauty will cruise for 3 decades or so." (JS)

"The flagship 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a more long-term effort yet is loaded with potential. Coming all from Mondavi’s To Kalon holdings and seeing an extended maceration and 18 months in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by rocking notes of blackberries, black cherries, smoke tobacco, black licorice, and crushed rocks. With a terrific sense of minerality, subtle background oak, full body, and impeccable balance, hide bottles for 4-5 years and this beauty will cruise for 3 decades or so." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Flavors of rich black berries and black plum, dried herb complexity, sweet oak spices, vanilla bean, and toasted almonds unfold in mesmerizing layers, sending a wave of deliciously intense complexity across the palate in a tasty expression of power and elegance.

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Vineyard Notes:
When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard in west Oakville as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that, “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. Our Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon.

Production Notes:
The grapes were hand-harvested with three stages of strict sorting: first, on the vine, then by individual clusters, and then again by single berry following de-stemming. The selected grapes went directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 35 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins round and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 100% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over twenty (20) months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2017.

Winemaker Notes:
Generous winter rains helped alleviate the drought conditions of the past four years, and the 2016 growing season started early. Throughout the summer months, we enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cool evenings, providing balancing acidity to our sun-ripened grapes. The near-perfect growing season continued through harvest and our grapes were safely in the cellar as the valley's first significant rainstorm arrived late October. We are grateful for a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. Our specially selected grapes for The Reserve cabernet sauvignon were picked between September 9th and October 11th.

As one of the preeminent Napa Valley wineries, Robert Mondavi Winery has a long and illustrious history of developing and growing the highest quality grapes and crafting outstanding Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines. All of the Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon wines are truly representative of specific vineyard and regional sites and crafted to showcase only the finest fruit. Hallmarks of Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon wines include dark plum, black olive and subtle dried herb aromas, rich and supple texture and smooth, well-integrated tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon wine is one of California’s most important varietals, especially where it reigns king in the heart of the Napa Valley. Across all wine regions, including the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon wine is one the most popular red wines and it offers rich and opulent flavors making it a standout in the eyes of many. Mr. Mondavi pioneered winemaking in the Napa Valley and this rich heritage of crafting beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon wines continues today.

Robert Mondavi Winery is praised for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The prestigious Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has received over 300 90+ scores and numerous accolades from wine critics the world over throughout its 50+-year history.

The Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon wines are crafted with great care to highlight the prized fruit from the finest vineyards and to gently coax the intricate flavors and nuances - capturing the ‘terroir’ from the specific site - into the final wine. As one of the most ageable red wines, Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon wines will be a solid addition to your wine cellar.