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Professional Ratings: 95 International Wine Cellar, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 91 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 107150
Cool temperatures through the 2002 spring and summer, coupled with wet weather during bloom, led to a light Cabernet Sauvignon crop with small berries and great flavor concentration. The 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has deep, intense blackberry and cassis character with mineral, violet and dark chocolate complexity. Smoky oak from aging in new barrels. Integrated, muscular tannins and balanced acidity.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec
Bright ruby. Deep, sappy aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, graphite, sassafras and espresso. Fat, rich and broad, with layered flavors of cassis, mocha and sexy oak. Offers an impressive combination of fullness and vibrancy. Finishes very long and fine, with cassis, mineral and sweet oak notes. I suspect this wine will develop in a more interesting way than many 2002s with even higher alcohol and lower acidity.
The stylish, elegant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (8,300 cases of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is not as dense as either the M-Bar or Vine Hill Ranch cuvee, but it offers a beautiful marriage of power and elegance. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, spice box, and dried herb aromas soar from the glass of this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant Private Reserve, which is somewhat reminiscent of Mondavi’s 1978. It’s all about harmony, balance, and finesse in 2002. Drink it over the next 15+ years.
Mainly from To Kalon grapes, this dark, young wine is not showing its best now. It hasn’t pulled the oak, alcohol, acids, tannins and fruit together into a seamless package. The individual parts stick out, nakedly, yet possess an innate balance. Mondavi Reserves age well; this one should start to open by 2010 and hold for years after.
7% Merlot; 6%Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec. Here is a beautifully made wine that reminds that Cabernet is and should not be defined solely by ripeness and hard-charging oak, for, while it may have plenty of each, it shows exceptional balance and genuine finesse, and it is defined first and last by its precise and unwavering curranty fruit. It is wine with plenty of potential, its polish and poise notwithstanding, and it deserves at least a four or five years in the cellar in which to deepen and more fully unfold.