Robert Mondavi Winery

To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

US, California


To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Mondavi’s philosophy is to make wines that are powerful yet gentle and To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. Here thyme and aromatic herbs mingle with cassis and berry fruit whilst smoky tobacco notes linger. Exemplary, youthful and no doubt exquisite with Galician Txuleton steak.

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Introduction to the To Kalon Vineyard Reserve

This is the seventh vintage of the To Kalon Vineyard-designated Reserve and it is made only from the vineyard’s finest blocks.

Robert Mondavi's Vision for To Kalon Vineyard

When Robert Mondavi chose To Kalon Vineyard in west Oakville as the home for his new winery in 1966, he remarked that it was, “a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight and rain - to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were reconfirmed when To Kalon Vineyard was named Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011.

Meticulous Grape Harvesting and Sorting Process

The grapes were hand-harvested with three stages of strict sorting; first, on the vine, then by individual clusters and then again by single berry following de-stemming. The selected grapes went directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation, and extended maceration - a total of 31 days of wine-to-skin contact - maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins round and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 100% new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over 20 months of barrel ageing. The wine was bottled on 13th August 2019.

“This Reserve embodies Robert Mondavi’s philosophy of making wines that are powerful yet gentle. Each year the blend reflects the ‘First Growth’ quality of To Kalon Vineyard. It is a classic wine which represents the history of innovation and style at Robert Mondavi Winery.” Geneviève Janssens, Chief Winemaker


Rich ruby deeply coloured. Appealing fragrance - ripe but not over ripe - thyme and aromatic herbs show straight after cassis and berry fruit whilst fresh tobacco notes linger at the back. Tannins are nice and ripe and there’s good acidity to give potential bottle ageing. Long aftertaste.


A big wine needs big flavours, perhaps lamb filet, or galician txuleton steak or iberico chorizo. The richness of venison wellington would pair well as would herb crêpes with mushrooms and spinach.


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