An endlessly generous, layered and complex expression of To Kalon terroir: The clean blackberry entry opens up into a delicious mouthful of wild berries, black olive, sage and cassis framed by warm mocha, toasted bread and a touch of granitic minerality. Fine, well-integrated tannins and deep, rich flavors that linger… and linger…
99 points. - The Tasting Panel - October 2013 Publisher's PICKS
"A stunner-dignified and mature (yet so age-worthy). This wine is goosebump-giving world-class, from its blue violet nose to its elegant core. The gritty tannins soften and it evolves with a lava flow of dark chocolate and dark black cherry and cardamom, held up with acidity and pedigree."
95 points. - Wine Advocate - October 2013
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dense purple color, more tannin, structure and spice, terrific richness and plenty of black currant, vanillin and loamy soil characteristics. Given past track records, this full-bodied, impressive Reserve should easily age for 25-35 years. ." - Robert Parker
93 points. - Wine Spectator - September 2013
"Beautifully crafted, pure, rich and complex, featuring tiers of red and black fruit, cherry, raspberry and spice, gaining subtle oak and fresh earth details. The fine-grained tannins deliver backbone and grip, imparting an accent of dried herbs and oak on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2026."
90 points - Wine Enthusiast - December 2013
"It's easy to use the word "huge" to describe this Cabernet, which contains smaller amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It immediately takes over the palate with ripe, opulent cherry pine, blackberry tart, cassis liqueur, green olive and oak flavors. The tannins are very strong, the most powerful of Mondavi Cabernets in years. Which leads to the question of ageability. Where's this wine going? On the negative side is the high alcohol, which gives it a burn. So drink it over the next 5-6 years." - S.H.
This notably cool growing season had the beneficial effect of extending hangtime, literally giving the clusters additional time for flavor development. September brought excellent harvest conditions, with an extra surge of heat at the end of the month, and we began harvesting the reserve blocks on October 4th. The heat and consequent rush to harvest worked to our advantage and we brought in the last boxes of grapes on October 20th, just ahead of a late October storm.
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc