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1997 Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

USA California North Coast Napa

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Professional Reviews

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 12/2000
93 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 5/2000

Member Reviews

Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Robert Mondavi lives on with his Cab
H O.
H O.

Rated  on May 14, 2008

Very distinct cherry and citrus flavors. A very classic Napa Cab. Now going over the hill, but still drinkable and enjoyable; probably for another year of so.  Drink now, as the wine will probably not improve much more over time.  I had this with a delicious ribeye steak.  The fat from the steak juice harmonized with the dryness of the wine. 5-13-08

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Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Silky Smooth
Vanessa W.
Vanessa W.

Rated  on Apr 21, 2008

This wine had nice silky fruit that had begun to integrate very well with the cedar oak aspects of this wine.  However, it was a little too much cedar and basic fruit too really have the complexity it needed to justify its price - your money is better spent on several other wines out there.  This wine had been cellared properly, and it already seems to be peaking.

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Network Reviews

Score: 95 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
This wine was rated too early -- that`s the only way I can figure anyone scoring this as 92 points. It is MUCH better than that. This is truly a classic Napa Cabernet, with a saturated purple-ruby color, beautiful clarity, and exotic nose of black fruits and spices. In the mouth, it is electric. Black cherry and cassis intermingle with nuances of pain grille, cigar box, tar, and crushed flowers. This wine is tremendously enjoyable now, but clearly has the balanced structure and tannic backbone to last two decades or more. This wine is something special, and thanks to our early reviewers at Wine Spectator, etc., a relative bargain!!!
Posted by anonymous on June 2, 2006
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