1976 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon [JG-91pts]


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Ratings & Tasting Notes:

91 points John Gilman

The ’76 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet was raised in eighty percent new oak and was made from one hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage, as the Cabernet Franc and Merlot did not do as well in this drought vintage. The drought produced a bit higher alcohol in this bottling, having eventually landed at 13.3 percent. While ’76 is not my favorite vintage from this superb decade, the ’76 Mondavi Reserve has evolved nicely and is a very good drink today. The complex and slightly roasted nose offers up scents of dried cherries, fresh herb tones, saddle leather, woodsmoke, a touch of chipotle pepper and a distinct note of lead pencil in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep and full-bodied, with that telltale elegance of this bottling, lovely vibrancy for a drought year, impressive complexity, melting tannins and very good length and grip on the focused finish. I have had the pleasure to drink this wine on a few occasions in the last couple of years, and while it is a bit leathery from the vintage characteristics, it is a very tasty bottle that has plenty of life ahead of it.  (10/2012)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.


Outstanding condition.

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