Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 1985

I brought out this 1985 Mondavi Cab because my daughter and son-in-law recently gave me a bottle of the 2005 Mondavi Oakville Cabernet. The fruit for both comes from Mondavi's To Kalon Vineyard near Oakville. Will the 2005 be this good in 2025? I probably won't have the patience or the life span to find out.

Good deep color with no signs of age. The minty/eucalyptus smells of Tokalon are upfront along with black currants and cassis. Some of the juice was aged in Nevers barrels, but the oak has integrated nicely. Classic Napa Cabernet. Gets deeper and more complex as the wine sits in the glass; the mintiness fades into more complex smells and flavors. Big but not heavy on the palate. A very graceful wine, worthy of the Mondavi name.

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