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95+ Points

Robert Mondavi Winery: Focusing on the Greatest Vintage I've Tasted in 37 Years Visiting Northern California: 2013 – The Game Changer
A beautifully polished wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, it is still tightly knit and showing high-quality oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with outstanding depth, ripeness, and purity. There is plenty of backbone and tannin for 25−30 years of cellaring. The wine shows notes of chocolate and plenty of blackcurrant fruit and blackberry. This is a beauty and certainly a great reserve and worthy homage to the legendary Robert Mondavi.

Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2016
96 Points

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.

jamessuckling.com, November 23, 2016
95 Points

Full bodied and robust, it's intense in bark, tar and black licorice, with dottings of coconut. Aromatically inviting, it's dusty and soft, with acres of complexity and structure.

Virginie Boone - Wine Enthusiast, January 2017
93 Points

A defining element of the greatness of Napa Valley's 2013 vintage is apparent in the wines that were not pushed and hyperextracted: They show their provenance with clarity. This wine does not lack for extract, but carries it with the effortless grace of a classic Oakville cabernet. Geneviève Janssens selected the fruit for this Reserve from her favored bloacks at To Kalon, Mondavi's estate vineyard behind the winery in the western benchlands of Oakville; this vintage comes from blocks replanted between 1996 and 2000. The black plum fruit is almost tarry in its warm, smoky tannins, but there's a red core that emerges,a pungent center that darkens and deepens at the edges. Decant it if you open this now, to serve with dry-aged beef.

Wine & Spirits, November 15, 2016

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(Oct 7, 2017 at 7:52 PM)
To Kalon Vineyard, one of Napa Valley's finest and most respected first growth vineyards, is where this 50th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was born. The 2013 vintage, one of the finest in recent times, pays tribute to the legendary Napa Valley winemaking pioneer, Robert Mondavi, who was instrumental in earning Napa Valley a seat at the table of the finest wines in the world. The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were sourced from the finest blocks throughout To Kalon Vineyards, with individual bunches selected at perfect ripeness, then hand harvested, after which they were hand sorted, then only the finest individual berries chosen after de-stemming. Nothing but the finest fruit made its way into this iconic wine, and the finished product tells that story with impressive flavour, texture, and harmony. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petite Verdot, this wine is muscular, rich, and concentrated with huge structure and loads of dark fruits and sweet spice. Very youthful at the moment, its beautiful balance, elegance, and harmony will be preserved over the next 30+ years while it evolves in bottle. Enjoy with fine cuts of grilled beef, such as Rib Eye with Bordelaise sauce. Tasted May 2017 at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. 96 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca 

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