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Sunday, July 17, 2011

1992 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

It's always a fabulous experience to be able to taste aged wines and really analyze how they have changed over the years. Not only is it fun to see how the wine itself has changed in the bottle, but it's also fun to reflect upon the changes the winery has gone through over the years as well. This particular bottle of wine is quite interesting to taste because of what Mondavi means to the American wine industry, and because in 1992 the late Mr. Mondavi actually still owned the winery. So......it's like tasting a true piece of history.

On the nose I get aromas of stewed cherry, dusty coco powder, peppercorn, plum, earth, tobacco, and a touch of mushroom. It's a bouquet that develops dramatically in the glass and opens up to reveal several layers beyond the initial impressions. The wine is distinctively Mondavi Reserve with it's peppercorn, coco,  cherry, and earthy tones. This is definitely made in the "old world" style that once defined the Mondavi Cabernet's of the early 90's and back through the 70's and 80's. I mean it's only 13.5% alcohol for Christ's sake.....(which I love).

On the palate the wine continues in the same vain with it's cherry and plum fruit, and also shows some really interesting earth and forest floor notes. There are definitely some secondary layers of peppercorn and tobacco that impress as well. The tannins are surprisingly showing pretty firm still and the wine seems to be  very nicely balanced with both fruit and earthy tones. The finish is long and dry with some nice plum, cranberry, and coco flavors. 92+ points

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