2013 Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


Total $280

96 Points James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 23, 2016
95+ Points Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2016
95 Points Virginie Boone - Wine Enthusiast, January 2017
93 Points Wine & Spirits, November 15, 2016

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve wine. It embodies Robert Mondavi's philosophy of making wines that are powerful yet gentle.

Hint of Forest Floor
Sweet Vanilla

Fresh Blackberry
Wild Berry Compote
Dark Cocoa Powder

ABV 15%

Vintage 2013

Acidity 6.9 g/L

pH 3.73

Residual Sugar 0.64 g/L

Composition 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot

Pairs with:
Ribeye with wild mushrooms and vegetable tarts

Originally planted in 1868, To Kalon Vineyard has become recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the world, rated #1 in North America and #5 internationally.

This is the third vintage of our To Kalon Vineyard-designated Reserve. When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard in west Oakville as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that, "It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure." Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011.

Pts. Robert Parker "“Robert Mondavi Winery: Focusing on the Greatest Vintage I've Tasted in 37 Years Visiting Northern California: 2013 – The Game Changer.” A beautifully polished wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, it is still tightly knit and showing high-quality oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with outstanding depth, ripeness, and purity. There is plenty of backbone and tannin for 25−30 years of cellaring. The wine shows notes of chocolate and plenty of blackcurrant fruit and blackberry. This is a beauty and certainly a great reserve and worthy homage to the legendary Robert Mondavi." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2016
Pts. James Suckling "Aromas of black currants, violets, lavender, and stone follow through a full body, chewy tannins and toned muscular structure. This is a Mondavi reserve that harkens back to the great years of the 1970s. A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the winery. Try in 2022." - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, November 23, 2016
Pts. Wine Enthusiast "Full bodied and robust, it's intense in bark, tar and black licorice, with dottings of coconut. Aromatically inviting, it's dusty and soft, with acres of complexity and structure." - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017
Pts. Wine & Spirits "A defining element of the greatness of Napa Valley's 2013 vintage is apparent in the wines that were not pushed and hyperextracted: They show their provenance with clarity. This wine does not lack for extract, but carries it with the effortless grace of a classic Oakville cabernet. Geneviève Janssens selected the fruit for this Reserve from her favored blocks at To Kalon, Mondavi's estate vineyard behind the winery in the western benchlands of Oakville; this vintage comes from blocks replanted between 1996 and 2000. The black plum fruit is almost tarry in its warm, smoky tannins, but there's a red core that emerges, a pungent center that darkens and deepens at the edges. Decant it if you open this now, to serve with dry-aged beef." - Wine & Spirits, November 15, 2016