Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, The Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"The Estates" previously known as "Oakville" bottling.
Robert Mondavi chose Oakville for the home of his winery in 1966 and planted Cabernet Sauvignon with the goal of creating wines that could stand in the company of the world’s finest. Most of the grapes for our Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon come from our To Kalon Vineyard where the low-fertility, well-drained soils, aided by optimal sun exposure, lead to rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity.
94 points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a step up and comes all from the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. It has a terrific array of cassis and caramelized cherry fruits intermixed with notes of flowers and tobacco. 8/2021)
94 points Wine & Spirits
There’s a lot to be said for the great Napa Valley Cabernets of the 1970s, including the wines Mondavi was making at the time. Those classical wines were structured to last, and they have aged significantly better than Napa Valley’s next generation. Perhaps this wine represents the grandchild of a 1970s Cabernet, with the lean, direct personality of its ancestors melding into the contemporary precision and clarity of its ripeness: a pure red-currant fruit character that earlier generations may have struggled to attain. There’s an electric charge in its rooted connection to the Oakville benchlands—97% of the fruit for this wine comes from Mondavi’s To Kalon Vineyard—that charge quieting to a plum-rich caress in the end. Buy this and cellar it; you’ll be glad you did. (JG) (12/2021)