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2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 1.5L

2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville  1.5L
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A stunner, Robert Mondavi Winery's 2011 Reserve’s deep, engaging aromas of cassis and early-season blackberries weave harmoniously with dried herbs, violet-floral, garrigue (a fresh minty-sage character) and a sense of minerality, in a silky ribbon of flavor that flows elegantly into a long, lingering finish. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, & 4% Petit Verdot
Vineyard Notes
We are thrilled to introduce our premier To Kalon Vineyard-designated Reserve. When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard, in west Oakville, as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that, “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. Our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon. “A ‘First Growth’ vineyard always produces a great wine, no matter the vintage”, states Genevieve. The 2011 growing season was not without its challenges however: there was unseasonably cool weather, heavy morning fog and rainfall at flowering and again at harvest. The vineyard crew took extra steps against the wet weather by opening up the vine’s canopies to allow greater airflow. Overall, the rains trimmed our fields by about 20% but the long growing season brought beautiful flavor development at lower brix. To Kalon once again shows its impeccable pedigree in our Reserve cabernet sauvignon.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested with three stages of strict sorting: first, on the vine, then by individual clusters, and then again by single berry following de-stemming. The selected grapes went directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 41 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins round and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 100% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over nineteen months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in September of 2013.
92 Points

A wine of finesse and polish, offering grace and elegance, with refined red berry, currant, black cherry and subtle vanilla oak notes. The finish sails along smoothly. Drink now through 2022.

J.L., Wine Spectator, September 2014
96 Points

Chalky tannins artfully form a violet dusk on the palate and with a smack and a snap, blackberrymocha appears. But it dissipates, melts, leaving traces of sweet fruit on the tongue that are akin to a plum brandy finish

The Tasting Panel, November 2014
Top 100 Wines: Cabernet and blends

It's not as fashionable as it once was to coo over the Mondavi To Kalon, but the 2011 from Genevieve Janssens is arguably the best edition since the days when the Mondavis ran the winery. The mystique of the legendary To Kalon site is in full effect; a dense, licorice-edged bundle of plum and currant fruit, a full load of fine benchland tannin, and an array of savory tones: tobacco, rosemary and a beefy, coppery tang.

San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2014

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
To Kalon
6.4 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.3 g/L
Alcohol %
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