Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.323 ratings
9.310 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
James Forsyth

Dear friends of ours, a couple so delightful in spirit that they adopt aged, abandoned dogs, clean them up and make sure they have the most sublime last few years of their lives, invited us over to visit their latest pooch. Their newly rescued fourteen year old terrier, Audrey, was looking vibrant with glossy coat and waggy tail. A far cry from the dusty critter from the shelter's photograph.

Audrey wasn't the only aging beauty that our friends shared with us that evening. They very kindly opened this 1986 Robert Mondavi. Despite its age, at thirty two the wine retained a good deal of freshness with focused aromatics. High toned fruit, dried leaves and subtle leather combine on the palate and evolve through the long finish. Like Audrey, my tail was wagging.

Dear friends of ours, a couple so delightful in spirit that they adopt aged, abandoned dogs, clean them up and make sure they have the most sublime last few years of their lives, invited us over to visit their latest pooch. Their newly rescued fourteen year old terrier, Audrey, was looking vibrant with glossy coat and waggy tail. A far cry from the dusty critter from the shelter's photograph.

Audrey wasn't the only aging beauty that our friends shared with us that evening. They very kindly opened this 1986 Robert Mondavi. Despite its age, at thirty two the wine retained a good deal of freshness with focused aromatics. High toned fruit, dried leaves and subtle leather combine on the palate and evolve through the long finish. Like Audrey, my tail was wagging.

Jul 28th, 2018
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.7

Impressive, cedar and rose petal cherry aromas - moderate textures. Very complete

Impressive, cedar and rose petal cherry aromas - moderate textures. Very complete

3 people found it helpfulMay 9th, 2014
Jesse Fox

Great wine with lots of like rich fruit, lush with lots of TK savory mineral. A great experience in CA winemaking and growing

Great wine with lots of like rich fruit, lush with lots of TK savory mineral. A great experience in CA winemaking and growing

May 23rd, 2017
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.3

Wow 1986 Robert Mondavi Cab from Oakville donated by Henry and Val! Opened with a group of friends. Showing great for 31 yrs old. Black fruits, cassis, great depth, reminds be of a classic Bordeaux. Label said 12.5 alcohol which made this wine hold together I think. I give this a solid 93+ Rating in my book. Thank you Robert Mondavi Sr.

Wow 1986 Robert Mondavi Cab from Oakville donated by Henry and Val! Opened with a group of friends. Showing great for 31 yrs old. Black fruits, cassis, great depth, reminds be of a classic Bordeaux. Label said 12.5 alcohol which made this wine hold together I think. I give this a solid 93+ Rating in my book. Thank you Robert Mondavi Sr.

Feb 18th, 2017
Michael Meagher MS

Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille

9.7

Outstanding bottle. Fruit leather, dried black currants, still some tart plum skin and blackberry. Long finish on notes of cedar, licorice, dried tobacco and hints of dried vanilla pod. Nice bit of acid as well. 12.5 ABV. Always great to taste history like this.

Outstanding bottle. Fruit leather, dried black currants, still some tart plum skin and blackberry. Long finish on notes of cedar, licorice, dried tobacco and hints of dried vanilla pod. Nice bit of acid as well. 12.5 ABV. Always great to taste history like this.

Mar 5th, 2016
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

9.0

Nose of menthol, saddle leather and tobacco. Some candied cherry, blackberry, eucalyptus, sage and leather. At its end.

Nose of menthol, saddle leather and tobacco. Some candied cherry, blackberry, eucalyptus, sage and leather. At its end.

Feb 16th, 2015
Rebecca Hopkins

PR Folio Fine Wine Partners

9.2

Drinking perfectly. 12.5% balance of fruit, tannin & weight; the window is open but only for another year or two. Thank you Michael Apstein

Drinking perfectly. 12.5% balance of fruit, tannin & weight; the window is open but only for another year or two. Thank you Michael Apstein

Mar 12th, 2014
Joel Stevens

Hey spectacular dirty-sock like Bordeaux tasting cab from 1986! Thoroughly enjoyed it as a great treat on a Friday night!

Hey spectacular dirty-sock like Bordeaux tasting cab from 1986! Thoroughly enjoyed it as a great treat on a Friday night!

Jun 23rd, 2017
Rod Patches

The label maybe going, but not the wine. Evolving, taking it's time to open with dusty dark fruits and ample rounded tannins.

The label maybe going, but not the wine. Evolving, taking it's time to open with dusty dark fruits and ample rounded tannins.

Dec 28th, 2016
Mark Royer

#2 of 6

#2 of 6

Sep 23rd, 2016