Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Wine EnthusiastShows all the hallmarks of great Mondavi Reserve. Ageworthy and complex, with enormously ripe, rich fruit, classic chocolate, cassis plus cream and spice from new oak. So smoothly voluptuous now, it goes down like velvet, but the tannin-acid balance will easily hold this wine through 2015.
Wine AdvocateA dense ruby/purple color is followed by a wine exhibiting notes of creme de cassis, subtle and unobtrusive oak, medium to full body, impeccable balance and everything synchronized into a lush, opulent wine that finished with 14.5% alcohol. It is not the most complex Mondavi Reserve, but it is a very satisfying, highbrow wine that offers plenty of pleasure both hedonistically and intellectually. It should drink well for another 15 years, and it may surprise me with more nuances and subtleties than it now suggests.
Wine SpectatorImpressive for the harmonious entry, easing into a graceful phase. Supple and complex, with dark berry and anise notes.-Robert Mondavi vertical (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. 7,000 cases made.