Dominik Mueller

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2012 Robert Mondavi Winery To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting note

From magnum. Deep purple, still a vital colour. A rather sparse fruit. Rather, I find vanilla, earthy notes, leather, sultanas, dried plum, tobacco. Very soft in the mouth, yet an intense flavour with a full body. Cool blueberry, lots of dried fruit. Long lasting finish. Presents itself beautifully today, but certainly has many more years ahead of it! A silky yet powerful Cabernet. Great wine, although not quite with the finesse of a classic Bordeaux. Rather Californian joie de vivre.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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95Wines rated DM94 to DM96 bear witness to the fascinatingly successful combination of grapes, terroir and craftsmanship at the highest level. They are obviously an absolute pleasure to drink, perfectly balanced, and they offer a high level of complexity as they seemlessly combine primary, secondary and often tertiary aromas. This makes them a great experience for every wine connoisseur. In WSET terms, wines with a DM95 rating tend to be at the upper scale of a 3.5 or even at the lower end of an excellent 4.0 WSET rating.
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4.0Wines with a 4.0 WSET rating are exceptional 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 top WSET score of 4.0 get at least 95 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: 2012
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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