Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon Vineyards, Oakville, Napa Valley.
Matt’s review: To Kalon Vineyard, one of Napa Valley’s finest and most respected first growth vineyards, is where this 50th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was born. The 2013 vintage, one of the finest in recent times, pays tribute to the legendary Napa Valley winemaking pioneer, Robert Mondavi, who was instrumental in earning Napa Valley a seat at the table of the finest wines in the world. The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were sourced from the finest blocks throughout To Kalon Vineyards, with individual bunches selected at perfect ripeness, then hand harvested, after which they were hand sorted, then only the finest individual berries chosen after de-stemming. Nothing but the finest fruit made its way into this iconic wine, and the finished product tells that story with impressive flavour, texture, and harmony. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petite Verdot, this wine is muscular, rich, and concentrated with huge structure and loads of dark fruits and sweet spice. Very youthful at the moment, its beautiful balance, elegance, and harmony will be preserved over the next 30+ years while it evolves in bottle. Enjoy with fine cuts of grilled beef, such as Rib Eye with Bordelaise sauce. Tasted May 2017 at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. 96 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca