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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wine Entries : Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Unfiltered Robert Mondavi Winery 1993 (Californian)

This is a wine that had been sitting in my dad’s horde for a total of 14 years! I remember he got it as a gift from a business associate and it cost on the higher side of S$60. Will try to check if it is still available in the shops today, at least the same brand if not the vintage. The wine was still a bright garnet attractive colour in glass for a wine that has kept away for a decade and half. The photo unfortunately does not do the wine justice. I must say that the wine aged elegantly, losing most of it’s fruit but with the tannins evolving nicely to a smooth velvety structure.

Smell : Fruit scents of blackcurrents still linger, but predominantly dark chocolate, licorice and black pepper.

Taste : Velvety smooth, no astringency and non-existent of fruit. Dominated by chocolate and walnut blended with oak. The tertiary flavours are prevalent.

After-Taste : Medium-short finishof woody/nutty flavours.

Description at back of bottle :
Great wines are born in vineyard. Our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is made from grapes selected as the most outstanding of the 1993 vintage. We gave this intensely flavoured, naturally balanced wine additional complexity with extended skin contact and six gentle barrel to barrel rackings during more than 19 months aging in French oak barrels. Our 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a blend of 91 percent cabernet sauvignon 6 percent merlot and cabernet franc was bottled unfiltered to retain its full depth of flavours and rich texture.

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5 Comments:

  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    i beleie it's stil available. ot the vintage but the wine.

     
  • At 5:20 PM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    er... dragon, did you make a calaulation error? the wine's '93 vintage. that makes it a 14 year old wine. well not really 14 yet since it's proberbly harveste sometime in fall '93? anyways, if it's been sitting in your dad's horde for 14 years, that means it was released in the same year, which is very unlikely. anyways, not important ah.

     
  • At 5:20 PM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    no offence k? :)

     
  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger DesDragon said…

    yeah..you are right..it is a good point you make...I have to revise it to 12 years I guess...:)

     
  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger Wine said…

    Next time invite my glass over. 12 years old or 14 years old it's still a noteworthy Cabernet Sauvignon, which is commercially overproduced by Robert Mondavi...

    BTW great shots on the glass. An idea off my Tasting Room?

    Keep up the blogging. Don't slow down....

    Dan @ WineKakis
    www.winekakis.com

     

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