M by Michael Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750ML
M by Michael Mondavi Red Blend 2016
Linear and precise, the 2016 M by Michael Mondavi opens with expressive aromas of quince, plum, juniper, cassis, blackberry & dark roasted coffee beans. With time and swirls of air, notes of dried rose petals, coriander, cinnamon and clove develop. This wine enters the palate with subtle tannins at first, and soon broadens into a silky expanse of vanilla bean, cocoa, roasted dates, black cherry, and orange blossom tea. The evolution of flavors continues with candied figs, bramble-berry, and cocoa covered strawberries. Enticing and enjoyable now, additional cellaring will surely allow further detail and refinement to develop. Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
96 Points/James Suckling
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants and black licorice. Lavender and sage, too. Medium to full body and firm, really fine tannins that are well crafted and pretty, giving a refined and thorough finish. Dialed-in. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot and a dash of petit verdot and malbec. Better in 2021, but already beautiful.
94 Points/Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 M By Michael Mondavi is blended of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is a little closed to begin and then, with coaxing, offers notions of stewed plums, dried mulberries, kirsch and bouquet garni with touches of tobacco leaf and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers plenty of plum preserves and earthy layers with a firm, chewy texture and a mineral and earth lift on the finish.