Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Wine AdvocateThe stylish, elegant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (8,300 cases of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is not as dense as either the M-Bar or Vine Hill Ranch cuvee, but it offers a beautiful marriage of power and elegance. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and dried herb aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Private Reserve, which is somewhat reminiscent of MondaviÕs 1978. ItÕs all about harmony, balance, and finesse in 2002. Drink it over the next 15+ years.
Wine EnthusiastMainly from To Kalon grapes, this dark, young wine is not showing its best now. It hasn't pulled the oak, alcohol, acids, tannins and fruit together into a seamless package. The individual parts stick out, nakedly, yet possess an innate balance. Mondavi Reserves age well; this one should start to open by 2010 and hold for years after.
Wine SpectatorNot up to the usual standards for this wine, and it has nothing to do with the new ownership. Tastes better than it smells, with rich, creamy blackberry, wild berry, anise and a dusty sage and cedar edge on the finish. Best of two bottles. Drink now through 2012.
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