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2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1.5L

2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1.5L
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A powerful wine, our 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has rich, spicy blackberry and blueberry fruit, cinnamon, sage, coriander and tobacco flavors. While muscular, the wine is elegantly structured with fresh acidity, fine tannins and a richly dense mouthfeel. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot
Vineyard Notes
This is our second vintage of our 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. Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, the 2012 vintage was "a walk in the park", says Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby. A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March which saturated the soils and helped fill the reservoirs. The region's combination of warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were harvested between September 27th and October 26th.
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 35 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 twenty months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2014.
95 Points

An iron fist in a velvet glove, this wine begins with a supple, rich core of currant, black cherry, anise and sage, firming up with tannins from oak and grape. Glides along gracefully, never losing the core fruitiness, while the tannins and gravelly earth accents lend the flavors tension and traction. Drink now through 2029.

J.L., Wine Spectator, October 31, 2015
95 Points & Publisher's Pick

Robert Mondavi and the To Kalon Vineyard need no introduction, even to some of those outside of the industry, but this particular showing makes The Tasting Panel realize that the Robert Mondavi Winery is certainly not resting on its laurels and why it's this year's "Big Man on Campus." To Kalon lives up to its phenomenal reputation in this dynamic interpretation of its dusty, earthy, sweet chocolate-brandied soil. Soft and rich with underlying muscle (but no tight grip, no bite or greenness) that is bathed in violet, graphite and a preternaturally divined plum and blueberry

Meridith May, The Tasting Panel, February 1, 2017
94 Points

Full bodied and richly concentrated, it's also soft and well integrated, entirely pleasureable now, with years to go in terms of structure and body.

V.B., Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2015
94 Points

A dark, sumptious beauty, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard boasts marvelous depth and pure texture.

A.G., Vinous, December 1, 2014
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.3 g/L
pH
3.73
Aging
20 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Residual Sugar
0.52 g/L
Alcohol %
15
Wine Spectator
95
Wine Enthusiast
94
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