Robert Mondavi Napa 2005 Cabernet wine: It was "Beaujolais Nouveau Day" on 11/20/08. It is released every 3rd Thursday of November. Compared to Japan's bubble days around 1990, you don't see much advertisements and news on it, but there were some talks about it.
We opened a bottle of a special wine we purchased in Napa Valley when we visited at end of August. It is Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon wine. $28.
Tasting Notes: Deep and dense with perfumed aromas and delicious flavors of blackberry, cassis, black olive and dark chocolate. Smooth and supple, with fine-grained tannins, good acid and a lengthy finish.
オーパスワン・ワイナリー。ロバート・モンダビワイナリーのハス迎え。（写真撮影：8・28・08） Opus One Winery, across the street from Robert Mondavi Winery. (Photo taken 8/28/08)
このワインには、あげたての豚ヒレカツが良くあいました。 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon wine went well with deep-fried Pork Filet Cutlet.
Robert Mondavi passed away last May at age of 94. The photo above is a photo of "Opus One Winery" built as a joint venture. He and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild created Opus One Winery in 1979. First year after it was created, it was sold at $50 a bottle. Now it is sold around $200 or more.
I prefer this Robert Mondavi 2005 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon rather than Opus One wine. Maybe the production year I tasted (1996 version) was not that good or the way we stored for 3 years was not adequate.
Robert Mondavi said, "Wine Making is Art and Culture." He supported all sorts of activities of Art, Culture, and Medicine, and he had been praised with those. That was the night I enjoyed his wine culture and art.
I still have lots of photos and episodes from my last 4 day trip to Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, and Sonoma in end of August. Little by little, I will introduce some of them on this blog again.
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