Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
|Region||California, United States|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Brand||Robert Mondavi Winery|
“A ‘First Growth’ vineyard always produces a great wine, no matter the vintage”, states Genevieve.
The 2011 growing season was not without its challenges however: there was unseasonably cool weather, heavy morning fog and rainfall at flowering and again at harvest. The vineyard crew took extra steps against the wet weather by opening up the vine’s canopies to allow greater airflow. Overall, the rains trimmed our yields by about 20% but the long growing season brought beautiful flavor development at lower brix. To Kalon once again shows its impeccable pedigree in our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
We are thrilled to introduce our premier To Kalon Vineyard-designated Reserve. 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 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon.
Appellation: To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville District
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 41 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 nineteen months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in September of 2013.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
4% Petit Verdot
Total acid: 6.4 g/L
Final pH: 3.6
Residual sugar: 0.30 g/L
Alcohol: 14% by volume
A stunner, our 2011 Reserve’s deep, engaging aromas of cassis and early-season blackberries weave harmoniously with dried herbs, violet-floral, garrigue (a fresh minty-sage character) and a sense of minerality, in a silky ribbon of flavor that flows elegantly into a long, lingering finish.
Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.
Along with To Kalon Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery sources grapes from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards, including Stag’s Leap (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc) and Carneros (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).
Mr. Mondavi believed that wines should reflect their origins, that they are the product of the soil, the climate, and the careful stewardship of those precious resources. He also believed in combining the newest techniques and technology with time-honored winemaking traditions.