Sunday, July 17, 2011
1992 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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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