Dominik Mueller

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2019 Robert Mondavi Winery The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

Tasting note

A dense purple colour. The bouquet is denser and more intense compared to the estate's basic Cabernet. Vanilla, black cherry, raspberry, some mint. A charming blend of primary and secondary aromas. A pronounced but ripe tannin in the mouth. Astringent. Lots of extraction. Dark fruit, dark chocolate. Initially left on the skins for 32 days. Then matured in 90% new French oak barrels for 20 months. Compared to the first wine in this flight, better, deeper, more hedonistic, but here it's clearly about power rather than elegance. Should improve with age.

Drink from 2025 through 2034.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
90At this point, we are on the threshold from an above-average wine to an exceptionally good wine. Wines with a DM90 rating are wines that already give us pause. They are obviously very well made, obviously have no faults and, moreover, offer something that makes them stand out. From here on, there is a certain complexity that we can and must engage with. Wines with this rating and above are an enrichment for virtually every wine cellar. In WSET terms, wines with a DM90 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.5 WSET score, just shy of 3.0.
/ 100
WSET:
2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2019
Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Robert Mondavi Winery
Country:USA
Region:California
Subregion:Napa Valley
Appellation:Oakville AVA
Vineyard:n/a
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