Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, I have made it no secret that I am a big red wine fan.  I love a good Cabernet and a Zinfandel.  When I received the package from Robert Mondavi Winery, I was thrilled that they had included the Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.  Regardless of their generosity, my thoughts and opinions regarding this wine are truly my own.

All I can say is this Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is all that I expected it to be and more.

Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, findingourwaynow.comAs you know I’ve written a lot about Mondavi in my Woodbridge Moscato Wine 2012 and Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011 posts, now I would like to tell you a bit about Robert or Bob (as he preferred) Mondavi (1913-2008).  Bob’s 100th birth year anniversary was on June 18, 2013.  It was a celebration of a man loved by many and a force to be reckoned with in the world of wine.  He lived his life the way he chose, to the fullest, with passion and with a giving heart.  He was a forward thinking man who believed in taking calculated risk with an endgame in mind.  I quote;  “Establish a goal just beyond what you think you can do. When you achieve that, establish another.  This will teach you to embrace risk.”

He was a strong ambassador for Napa Valley, promoting the wines, wineries and the area whenever and wherever he had an opportunity.  He loved what he did and the wines he produced, constantly striving for perfection.  He would say; “Wine to me is passion. Its family and friends. Its warmth of the heart and generosity of spirit.”  Even though he is no longer with us, his strength, passion and character will reverberate throughout the vineyards, hills and valleys of Napa for many generations to come.  That is a legacy that is well deserved for such a man as he.

Now let me tell you about the wine.

Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

This is what the winemaker has to say about this Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010:

Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010,“Classically Cabernet. Classically Oakville, the wine strikes a captivating balance between power and finesse. The delicious core of layered black fruit – crème de cassis, blackberry and black cherry – is imbued with rich mocha and toasty toffee with subtle traces of fresh bay and black pepper. Already complex and approachable, the sumptuous, mouth filling texture is lifted by refreshing acidity.”

I would also like to include how they achieve this amazing wine:

“The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 36 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 75% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the eighteen months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in October of 2012.”

Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010,

My husband and I, along with a friend shared this wine accompanied with a nice cheese board.  It made our time with my friend and neighbor very special.  I can honestly say I had expected the wine to be really good, but it was fantastic.  We savored this wine for the gem that it is for as long as it lasted.  It’s so worth the time to seek out and enjoy.

You can find Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 on their website, at,,, and any good wine purveyor.

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading this, check out Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011Woodbridge Moscato Wine 2012 and Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, sounds like a good wine Susan. You are really becoming a promotor of Napa Valley:-)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Catarina, That it is. This wine has to be one of my new favorites. Napa Valley has been well know for producing some outstanding wines. So it’s not hard to promote the area. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    I love the photos Susan! You really have out done yourself with them. Now if only I could take a good photo. LOL Yeah, I know the post is about wine and not photos. (wink)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Cheryl, I love taking these photo’s. Did you know most people don’t k now there mine? Just goes to show never assume… huh. :-)

  • Along Came Mary

    This looks delicious. You know how I love red, too ;) And, I would really enjoy to guest post about wine for you, I just need to get some inspiration!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Mary. I know you would have LOVED this wine. I would love a wine guest post from you. it would a fun thing to do. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I’m certain I would love this one as well :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Yep, this is wine that you would LOVE Jeri. it truly is an amazing red wine.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I love reds, cabs being where I go when I do have wine. Imagine the amount of oak they go through when they use new barrels for every batch.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jon, Yep a good Cab is something special and this certainly is that. I know what you mean it would an interesting fact to find out don’t you think?

  • Adrienne

    As you probably know by now through some of my comments Susan I’m a big Zinfandel fan. The way you described this one though some really yummy. I love fruity type wines although as you described here I’m not quite sure it leans that way. It still sounds really delicious though so thanks for another wonderful introduction.


    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Adrienne, I too and a Zin lover. I would highly encourage to give this now a try. You may find it to be as amazing as I do.

  • TheGirl

    I’m not a wine person….but I like the way they make whiskey and beer.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Yeah, don’t we all. It’s not quite the same but good nonetheless. :-)

  • Susan Oakes

    I really like his philosophy Susan and I wonder if this wine is available in my country. Must have a look.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Susan, I do too. I believe it’s possible. if you go to their website I think they have a locator.

  • Ashley Faulkes

    Good work on getting hold of that wine, sounds like a gem indeed. Would have popped over for a glass, but too far to fly :> keep tantalising us with your posts

    • Susan P. Cooper

      i Ashley, That would have been fun. You would have loved the whole experience. Aw, but that darn distance…. LOL.

  • Julie

    Oh, does this ever sound like a great Cab. Mondavi does do a great job making great wines.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It really is good a great wine Julie. Give it a try and let me know what you think. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    We had the Oakville here in Ontario in early June, but have not seen it since. I’m keen to try it. I like the other Mondavi cabernet sauvignons, so I’m sure it’s wonderful.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Debra, Aw, you can never go wrong with a Mondavi wine. This one is particularly good. So if you see get a bottle. It will not disappoint. :-)

  • Homejobs Bymom

    I was trying to read up on some wines this weekend. This would be a dry wine right?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Krystal, Yes, it would be but oh is it a great wine. :-)