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I've enjoyed many of the Mondavi wines over the years. The '87 Reserve Cab, and a 2000 late harvest wine from them are among the finest wines I've tasted, just delicious---and the 2007 regular cab is getting some love over in the TN forum.

A few vintages have gone by, so for those who have a lot of experience with this label, have you noticed any changes in the wines after the sale in 2004, no matter the varietal?
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The singular change I've noticed is in the style. Since the sale, Genevieve Janssens has had the most influence in making the wines more in line with the big, bold style that became popular in the late 90's. The wines are more fruit-foward and continue to increase in alcohol. Much to my dismay, the alcohol levels have become such that I no longer really enjoy many of the wines. The 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve is listed on the label at 16%, along with the 2007 Reserve Cabernet. Most of the wines are listed now at 15.5% or higher, seeming to be about 5-7 years late in the trend of increasing ripeness and alcohol levels, which have started to come back down from many producers. Are the wines good? Probably still so, but like the rest of the valley, I don't see any of these wines as cellar candidates. That is my preference only, and there are likely many folks out there who will love these wines.
She may have been given a mandate to change the style. For years Tim Mondavi produced wines of what I will call "restrained elegance". I haven't the slightest notion if this is correct or not....but with the land she has to work with, she may have been told to catch up with the "cults"....quickly.

Just a guess....been observing this for about 28 years... buying/ not buying/ buying/ not buying/buying again and have walked in the To-Kalon vineyard.... it's a beauty
GDN - Genevieve and Tim never really saw eye to eye in the style of the wines being made at RMW and she slowly gained influence in the early 2000's, especially with the building of the new Reserve Fermentation Cellar. I've spoken with her about the wines and style and she has clearly stated that she believes in letting the grapes make the wine, with little intervention and if the grapes create 16% alcohol, that's what it should be. It's a stylistic choice and theirs to make. It certainly panders more to the critics liking, just not mine.
CT:

Yep, different styles. I do not purchase the reserves any more,I think last one was the 1995.

That's what I like about this "hobby"...if you like it, buy it. If not, don't. pretty basic stuff, I'm good with your perspective.

I did buy the 2007 Napa Cab...see the thread I started on it. For the price I paid, It's literally a crime @ $13.17.

I think we can both agree they have the land and assets to make spectacular wines with the proper handling (whatever that may be).
Without you, the consumer, it all breaks down. The issue was not lower prices. I am also a consumer.. I was just trying to clarify the genesis of the lower prices.
The pressure is still on from the supplier/wineries to do the numbers. The retail community should be lauded for their taking charge in an economy that still sucks. Without the retailer/restauranteur, it also breaks down.
They stepped to the plate ... and I thank them. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
Mike: Right On the money. How'd you find that!!!

FYI, my perennials over the last half dozen years and much, much longer for Cuvee Alexandra (all out of country as the article mentioned) have been the Cuvee Alexandra merlot and Cab from casa lapostolle; Medalla Real Cab from Santa Rita; Clos de los siete; and Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserva. Throw in the Bodega Colome malbec and also Marquis de casa Concha cab from Concha y toro for good measure. All pretty much perennial 90 pointers for average about $20. Have purchase 14 consecutive vintages of the Cuvee Alex merlot...every one ever produced.

Again, great interesting insight.

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