Napa Valley takes its place amongst the great sources in the world for Cabernet Sauvignon. In all the great Cabernet regions there is excellent wine to be had; these are made in many styles with varying intents. Today I’m going to look at the current release of a Napa Valley standby from Robert Mondavi Winery. The Robert Mondavi 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet was produced using fruit sourced primarily in a couple of locations; 38% from To Kalon Vineyard, 29% from Stags Leap and the rest from other Napa Valley Vineyards with the exception of 2% from Sonoma Valley. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), Merlot (8%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Petit Verdot (1%) and Malbec (1%) were also blended in. Barrel aging was accomplished over 16 months in French oak; 15% of the barrels were new. The suggested retail price for this wine is $28.
Ripe berry fruit, plum, vanilla, cherry, a whiff of chocolate sauce and a wisp of thyme are all present in the boisterous nose of this 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a ton of brambly fruit right in the heart of this wine’s palate. All of the ripe fruit flavors are joined by black pepper spice. Emerging earth, chicory, and dark dusty bakers chocolate are all significant parts of the above average finish. This wine shows off nice firm tannins and good acidity.
This wine is approachable from the word go, but it’s even better after about an hour of air. This offering is a standard bearer amongst Napa Valley wines. I’m happy to report that the 2007 version is a classic example of Napa Cabernet. For its price range it offers good value. Drink this release over the next 5-6 years for maximum pleasure.