Dominik Mueller

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2018 Robert Mondavi Winery To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting note

Deep, dark purple colour. Intense nose of pencil, plum, cherry, vanilla, wood spice and mint. Appealing mix of cool mineral and spicy to fruity flavours. Matured for 21 months in 100% new French oak. Lots of grip on the tongue. Cassis, sour cherry, orange peel. The acidity is animating. Also a very slight sweetness. The tannins are firm, still a little impetuous. A lot of power in this wine. Finally, yes, this Cabernet Sauvignon says something about itself. There is profile here. Recognisable as the estate's flagship red wine, even if it is undoubtedly still too young today and could do with some more years of ageing.

Drink from 2026 through 2046.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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92Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM92 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 3.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly '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 WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of 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.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2018
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Robert Mondavi Winery
Subregion:Napa Valley
Appellation:Oakville AVA
Vineyard:To Kalon
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