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2008 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

July 29, 2011 - Norman Bentley

Over the years I have been fortunate to have consumed many wonderful vintages of the Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is nothing like a steak hot off the grill and a bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon The 2008 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon certainly fits that bill, as we found out just the other night. This was a terrific bottle of wine with our steak dinner!

The following quotes are from The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate, which each scored this wine with an 89. I enjoyed this vintage enough to increase those scores to a 90.

"Notably herbal, showing bay leaf and mint notes, along with plenty of currant, earth, mineral and dried berry flavors to fill in the gaps. Full-bodied and firmly tannic, ending with complex black licorice and wet stone flavors. Best from 2012 through 2020. 93,000 cases made." - 89 Points - Wine Spectator "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, Mondavi's least expensive Cabernet Sauvignon, is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and other grapes. It has a healthy deep ruby/purple color, with a pleasant nose of black fruits intermixed with hints of charcoal and spice, delicious, sweet fruit, medium body, and nice suppleness and flesh. Given that discounters will probably price this wine in the low twenties, this could be an outstanding bargain. It is no doubt a tribute to the talents of their director of winemaking, Genevieve Janssens. Drink it over the next decade. " - 89 Points - The Wine Advocate.

Our steak was a perfect medium rare, and the 2008 Napa Cab stood right up to it with fragrant aromas of dark berries and cassis, which transfered into flavors of cherry, plum and cassis. The flavors intermingled, and then flowed into a full-bodied finish with subtle tannins, and a dry whisper, which denied the 15% alcohol content. If you like Cab and steak, you would have to search long and hard to find a better pair than this! From Napa, where "wine is bottled poetry". Norm's score is 90.

Price: $20 to $25

Score: 90


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