Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
Solid, seamless, with an incredible sense of flow, the To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon artfully achieves elegance with intensity. Dark wild berries, cocoa powder, and a hint of licorice provide the aroma and flavor profile. Broad, full tannins create a velocity that drives the wine through its lengthy finish.
Wine Advocate WA 96 : A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Reserve opens with beautifully fragrant kirsch, wilted roses, candied violets, and dried Provence herbs notes over a core of wild blueberries, red and black currants and mulberries plus wafts of tobacco leaf and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with perfumed, crunchy black fruits framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and finishes long and earthy.
This is a structured and layered red with currants, ripe berries, and hints of chocolate and hazelnuts. Full body. Blueberry, chocolate, and spice flavors. Shows focus and craftsmanship. Plus great vineyards. Drink in 2024, but hard not to enjoy now.
The flagship 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a more long-term effort yet is loaded with potential. Comming all from Mondavi's To Kalon holdings and seeing an extended maceration and 18 months in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by rocking notes of blackberries, black cherries, smoke tobacco, black licorice, and crushed rocks. With a terrific sense of minerality, subtle background oak, full body, and impecable balance, hide bottle for 4-5 years and this beauty will cruise for 3 decades or so.
Solidly built, featuring a core of cassis, bitter cherry and plum reduction notes, laced up with racy savory, iron and singed cedar accents. Takes a restrained approach, showing subtle energy, but the fruit is sneakily long and the finish nicely grounded. Best from 2021 through 2032.
This is a hearty, bold and brawny red wine from the famous site, blended with 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Cola, sassafras, earth and leather highlight a dense core of firm tannin and toasted oak, begging for more time in the bottle. Enjoy best between 2026-2031.