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2006 Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

April 30, 2010 - Norman Bentley

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I have enjoyed the Napa Valley Cabernet from Robert Mondavi for several decades now, and year in
and year out, it has always been a premier choice for a solid Napa, California Cabernet Sauvginon.  I
suppose over that span of time, I have consumed more than one hundred bottles of this California liquid
gold, and it has always been one of my favorites.  I will share a little secret with you.  Having been born
in Napa, California many long years ago, I have a strong prejudice toward Napa Valley Cabernet. 
For this reason I am not going to tell you what I think, but rather what the real experts have said about 
the 2006 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
90 points Robert Parker:  "Slightly superior to the 2005, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa possesses 
a dark ruby/purple color as well as a creme de cassis, spice box, and floral-scented bouquet, and a 
medium to full-bodied finish.  A strong effort, it should drink nicely for 12-15 years"
 
89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:  "Medium red-ruby.  Aromas of black cherry, 
currant, menthol, licorice, minerals and tobacco, plus a whiff of superripeness.  Plump, broad and smooth, 
with an early sweetness making this accessible from the outset.  Combines good weight and freshness."
 
This wine is Bordeaux in style, with a blend of all five Bordeaux grapes, plus a small hint of Syrah. The
blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot,
and 1% Syrah.  The alcohol is an even 15%.  Its time to get out the steaks and fire up the grill!
 
   
Norm
 
 

 
 

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