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Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes for our Emblem 2011 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from our family’s Oso Vineyard Planted on slopes rising Vineyard. up from Schwartz Creek, it is nestled between Sugarloaf and Howell Mountains in Napa Valley, where the historic Oat Hill Mine Road begins its ascent over the mountain toward Calistoga. There, the vines grow on beautiful, stone-lined terraces, out of a rocky, porous soil at an elevation of 1,250 feet. The high drainage stresses the vines, leading to high flavor concentration. The fruit remains fresh and vibrant throughout the growing season due to mild temperatures – warmer evenings and cooler days than on the valley floor – and afternoon breezes that blow straight down the vineyard rows. From the soil and elevation this mountain fruit extracts intense varietal characteristics, a firm structure, and excellent aging potential.

Napa Valley’s 2011 growing season started with abundant rainfall extending through June. The rain delayed bud break and flowering and continued to disrupted fruit set. The rainy season was followed by a cool summer that led to slow ripening several weeks behind normal. Ultimately patience paid off with a late Indian summer that produced high quality fruit with ripe, rich flavors from the extended time on the vine. Our 2011 Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon boasts beautiful layers of dark fruit framed with sculpted mountain tannins and a long finish.

After the grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the fermenting juice went through a combination of gentle punch-down and cap submersion and aerative pump-overs with rack and returns in order to keep tannins supple and approachable while maximizing the depth of fruit extraction. An extended maceration resulted in an average of 21 to 28 days before pressing. The wine was transferred into French oak barrels (77% new) for malolactic fermentation and 20 months of aging, followed by 6 months aging in bottle. Our 2011 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully balanced, with a supple, elegant texture and lush ripe fruit flavors of cherry and blackberry, and subtle oak nuances of chocolate, toffee, and toasted vanilla.

Varietals:  87% Cabernet Sauvignon & 13% Petit Verdot
Stats:  5.26 g/l total acidity  ~  3.89 pH  ~  13.8% alc. by vol.
Latest Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 points Antonio Galloni - November 2013
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