The Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is among the most reliably successful wines I taste each year—the team there has an almost preternatural ability to produce a stunning Reserve bottling regardless of what Mother Nature throws at them. The 2011, however, is even more special, as it is their first Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve to boast the designation of the legendary To Kalon Vineyard, one of the great sources of Cabernet Sauvignon on the planet. Below is my review of this remarkable wine, as well as a photo of the gorgeous “To Kalon Vine in Graphite,” an objet d’art created by esteemed San Francisco-based artist Agelio Batle. It costs $38 and was made in a limited-edition run of fewer than 200. For more information, click here.
Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard 2011
Aromas of brambly purple berry fruit, pencil led, cedar, spice, cassis, and a bit of grilled sage: This is still young, but in a gorgeous place already, and I could happily smell this for hours. Against the richness of the fruit, there is also a nice sense of minerality and freshness here. On the palate, this is velvety in texture, with tannins that are sweet yet still edged with a hint of green, especially on the finish: It's a wine with a long life ahead of it. The purple berry fruit from the nose comes through clearly on the palate, and the graphite, cedar, pencil led, tobacco leaf, and grilled sage are interwoven with elegance and enough power to keep on pushing through to the violet-tinged finish. With just a hint of cafe viennoise on the mid-palate, and more raspberry coulis on the finish, as well as a bit of menthol, eucalyptus and a hint of Chinese five spice, this is a wine of structure and richness in equal measure. Drink now - 2028. Highly recommended.