2018 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Black plums and ripe red cherries leap from the glass, along with warm spices – clove and nutmeg. On the palate, dark fruit is interwoven with notes of savory thyme and sandalwood. Beautifully evolved texture, well-integrated oak, and a finely structured finish add additional layers of complexity.
Robert Mondavi founded his namesake winery in 1966 at the age of 53. He wasn't flush with cash, but he had a big dream. He envisioned that a more gracious lifestyle can be lead through the appreciation of wine, food and art. When he came to Oakville in the Napa Valley he saw the land upon which he could build his dream winery and make wines to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best wines from around the globe. Well, the Italian farm boy made good, launching what would become the first major winery in the Napa Valley after the end of Prohibition. Robert Mondavi Winery revolutionized the world of American wine by focusing on quality grape cultivation and embracing hospitality as a part of the wine business. At their Oakville estate, styled in homage to the missions of early California, the warm spirit of hospitality is ever present. Drop by, they'd love to see you.
Vibrant plum and blackberry puree flavors race through in this ripe and fresh offering that is laced with violets and anise through a finish supported by a graphite spine. Textbook vintage profile. To be released November 2021. Drink now through 2032. 790 cases made. — JM