Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1987

$165

This extraordinary wine is backward and unevolved, but even neophytes will recognize its potential greatness. The opaque, saturated, dark purple color reveals no sign of age. The huge, smoky, oaky, blackcurrant, herb, and vanillin-scented nose only hints at what will be achieved with further evolution. Sweet, decadently rich, dense, highly extracted flavors are wrapped around a full-bodied, chewy, super-concentrated, moderately tannic wine that, ideally, needs 7-8 more years of cellaring. It is a 25 to 30 year California Cabernet Sauvignon that is just beginning to become civilized. A potential legend in the making! Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Jim McCusker

Absolutely stunning. Robert Mondavi was quoted as saying he felt the ‘87 Reserve was the best wine he ever made...and I can see why. The balance, flavor, mouthfeel...just everything about this wine screams elegance. I would still place the 1994 Harlan as the best cabernet-based wine that I’ve ever had...but this is a close second. This is the last of a baker’s dozen case of 1987 Mondavi that I bought when I started my academic career at UC-Berkeley. With my amazing wife just getting promoted to Full Professor...can’t imagine a better occasion to enjoy this last bottle.

Absolutely stunning. Robert Mondavi was quoted as saying he felt the ‘87 Reserve was the best wine he ever made...and I can see why. The balance, flavor, mouthfeel...just everything about this wine screams elegance. I would still place the 1994 Harlan as the best cabernet-based wine that I’ve ever had...but this is a close second. This is the last of a baker’s dozen case of 1987 Mondavi that I bought when I started my academic career at UC-Berkeley. With my amazing wife just getting promoted to Full Professor...can’t imagine a better occasion to enjoy this last bottle.

9.9

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