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A Celebration of Robert Mondavi Wines!
June 18, 2019

A Celebration of Robert Mondavi Wines!

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A SPRING NAPA DAY IN 1991...

I began my career in the wine business at a very young age and am frequently called the “youngest of the oldest”. That being said, I have been lucky to meet many of the wine industry’s true icons of the 20th century. One of my all-time wine heroes is Robert “Bob” Mondavi. Meeting Bob for the first time at his winery was a pivotal point in my life.

The year was 1991 and it was a beautiful Spring day in the Napa Valley. Bob was at the front door, his arms were wide open and there was a gold light shining all around him. I was a young kid from LA who he did not know, but he welcomed me into his home like we were already old pals.

We headed straight to the vineyards, walked the dirt, and talked about our dreams and the future of the Napa Valley. We then spent hours in the cellar tasting all his wines going back to the sixties. We finished the evening with an amazing dinner where I met his sons Michael and Tim (who have since become life-long friends and colleagues of mine). At the end of it, all I could say was “WOW!” which in today’s lingo translates to #OHYEAH!

From that day on, not only was Robert Mondavi is more god-like than ever. His wines have stood the test of time for decades and just get better by the day. I could not be more proud to unveil our new Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Flight featuring famed vintages 2015, 1999, 1997. The exclusive by-the-glass flights are available at both Wally’s Santa Monica and Wally’s Beverly Hills for a limited time, with an even more limited retail release of Reserve 2015, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 1999 magnums, 1997 magnums.

Without Mr. Robert Mondavi, his family, and his winery, I would not be where I am today. So Bob, I hope you are looking down on us with pride and smiling that big, beaming grin of yours.

Cheers to health, happiness, and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Regards,

Christian Navarro (Wallys President, Principal)

2015 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon The Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard

96 points, Wine Advocate

96 points, Vinous

Wally's Price: $139.00

Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Reserve features a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully expressive nose of crme de cassis, preserved plums and black forest cake with hints of cigar boxes, aniseed, dark chocolate and forest floor. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated in the mouth, the ripe, opulent black fruit is well supported by velvety tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and spicy. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

2015 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

90-93 points, Vinous

Wally's Price: $50.00

I tasted the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville from tank just prior to bottling. Rich, sumptuous and inviting, the 2015 possesses remarkable depth and structure to play off the intense dark fruit. Black cherry, mocha, espresso and new leather add shades of nuance as the wine opens up in the glass. Based on this tasting, it looks like the 2015 is going to need at least a few years in bottle to be at its very best. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2012 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

96 points, Wine Spectator

Wally's Price: $159.00

A powerful wine, the 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has rich blackberry and blueberry fruit, cinnamon, sage, coriander and tobacco flavors. While muscular, the wine is elegantly structured with fresh acidity, fine tannins and a richly dense mouthfeel. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot. The 2012 vintage further proves itself in this wine as one of the best vintages in modern Napa.

2011 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

93 points, Vinous

Wally's Price: $150.00

A stunner, Robert Mondavi Winery's 2011 Reserve’s deep, engaging aromas of cassis and early-season blackberries weave harmoniously with dried herbs, violet-floral, garrigue (a fresh minty-sage character) and a sense of minerality, in a silky ribbon of flavor that flows elegantly into a long, lingering finish, 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, & 4% Petit Verdot.

2008 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

95 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $159.00

Mondavi’s 2008 Reserve is an absolute classic. Hints of smoke, leather, tobacco, incense and dried herbs are laced throughout. Flavors of pure rich mocha, blackberry and minty herb flavors glide along the midpalate, ending supple and graceful. It is extremely youthful and full of life.

2005 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

92 points, Wine Spectator

Wally's Price: $159.00

The Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve weaves together a complex array of ripe, rich currant, anise, smoky oak and black cherry. Dense, concentrated and persistent, with great depth and focus, ending with an amazingly long, richly flavored finish. -Wine Spectator

1999 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1.5L

95 points, Wine Spectator

Wally's Price: $300.00

A superstar, amazingly pure, rich and explosive, with dense currant, blackberry and mocha flavors, revealing a persistent aftertaste.Robert Mondavi vertical (December 2015). Drink now through 2022. 20,000 cases made. -Wine Spectator

1997 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1.5L

95 points, Wine Advocate

94 points, Wine Spectator

Wally's Price: $350.00

The profound 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts a saturated ruby/purple color. Production (about 20,000 cases) of this sweet, opulently-textured, rich, full-bodied wine should guarantee widespread availability. Aged in 100% new French oak, this blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot offers a textbook varietal nose of cedar wood, licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Full-bodied, with explosive sweetness and fruit on the attack, this gloriously pure, superbly well-delineated wine should be drinkable young, and last for 3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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