Robert Mondavi 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon Vyd., Napa Valley
This is just the second vintage where Robert Mondavi’s Reserve Cabernet is To Kalon Vineyard-designated. 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. This Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon. 2012 was of course an outstanding vintage. The 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. 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. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Verdot aged 20 months in 100% new French-oak. High praise all around for this iconic Napa Cab. Wine Spectator scored it 95 points saying "An iron fist in a velvet glove, this 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." and James Suckling socred it 96 points saying "Aromas of black currants, violets, lavender, and stone follow through a full body, chewy tannins and toned muscular structure. This is a Mondavi reserve that harkens back to the great years of the 1970s. A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the winery. Try in 2022."