1997 robert mondavi winery, cabernet sauvignon, oakville
Why We're Buying
Good luck trying to overstate Robert Mondavi’s importance to the wine industry. He’s widely credited as the man responsible for making Californian wine industry a global presence. When it comes to his eponymous winery’s cabernet sauvignon, the red wine reflects Mondavi’s ever-present commitment to quality over quantity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As for the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, this wine seems more subdued than it did last year and might be going through a relatively closed stage. As it sat in the glass, it took on an almost Ducru-Beaucaillou or Leoville-Las Cases St.-Julien-like character, with notes of minerals, cedar wood, black currants, tobacco, and spice.
Very tight nose, with blackberry, coffee and cocoa notes, this is a big wine that shows great intensity and depth. Quite closed now, the dark profile keeps its cards close to the vest. One thing for sure: this is definitely one for the cellar. The finish is lengthy, with brisk tannins as well as espresso and bitter-chocolate notes. Hold for eight to ten years; this wine should keep til 2020.