Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Ratings on Delectable

Swanky Wine Life Delectable Pro

This is the wine that lead my interest back in 1999. However the star was 1994 reserve at the time. At first I thought there was VA. But it blew off and a lovely, silky cab emerged. Nothing like the CA cabs I am used to from the 2000s. This one has subtle dark fruit, a hint of cigar and smoke, well integrated tannins although still with a grip. The nose is misleading. The band-aid scent exists. But not at all on the palate. I'm pleasantly surprised.

This is the wine that lead my interest back in 1999. However the star was 1994 reserve at the time. At first I thought there was VA. But it blew off and a lovely, silky cab emerged. Nothing like the CA cabs I am used to from the 2000s. This one has subtle dark fruit, a hint of cigar and smoke, well integrated tannins although still with a grip. The nose is misleading. The band-aid scent exists. But not at all on the palate. I'm pleasantly surprised.

9.3

Carole Meredith Delectable Pro

Holding up well

Holding up well

8.9

Marty Winters Delectable Pro

Still developing.

Still developing.

8.3

Luis Perez Delectable Pro

Sommelier Scarpetta NYC

Classic

Classic

9.8

Lisa Stone-Cleaver Delectable Pro

Magnum. Delicious. With Andrea Robinson and Ray Isle.

Magnum. Delicious. With Andrea Robinson and Ray Isle.

9.6

Kirk Feyereisen

1998 Napa cab. Expected vegetal nose was right on cue. One of the most disparate experiences, nose to palate, I’ve had. The wine was nowhere near green and drank beautifully over dinner with veal chops! We decanted 60 minutes prior and had half an inch of sludge to clean up but wow. So pleased as I had all but given up on ‘98. Plenty of fruit left here!

1998 Napa cab. Expected vegetal nose was right on cue. One of the most disparate experiences, nose to palate, I’ve had. The wine was nowhere near green and drank beautifully over dinner with veal chops! We decanted 60 minutes prior and had half an inch of sludge to clean up but wow. So pleased as I had all but given up on ‘98. Plenty of fruit left here!

9.3

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

Given to us by a good friend in celebration. And we did. Smooth, chewy, dark cherry, rolls off the back of the tongue.

Given to us by a good friend in celebration. And we did. Smooth, chewy, dark cherry, rolls off the back of the tongue.

9.6

Benjamin Keator

Awesome!!

Awesome!!

9.7

Chris Grimm

#TJGoingAway

#TJGoingAway

9.6

Matthew Jannette

Showing pretty well. Hitting/ just past its prime. Earthy and dried fruits. Slate notes. Dried cherry and prune. Low tannin and acid is fading. Drink now until 3 years

Showing pretty well. Hitting/ just past its prime. Earthy and dried fruits. Slate notes. Dried cherry and prune. Low tannin and acid is fading. Drink now until 3 years

9.2

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