Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes for Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon come from Napa Valley’s finest winegrowing regions to create a blend that truly represents the entirety of Napa Valley. Fruit from hillside vineyards at the family’s Oso Vineyard estate in northeast Napa were blended with valley floor fruit from Oakville, Rutherford, and Wooden Valley. By blending fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, the Michael Mondavi family crafts a wine that boasts a beautifully rounded mouthfeel and layers of rich, complex flavors.
A nearly perfect Napa Valley growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes in 2013. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather, without large heat spikes and with plenty of cool and foggy nights, ripened grapes to perfection.
WINEMAKING & TASTING NOTES
After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration that beautifully married flavors and tannins, giving our Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon its lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months aging in French oak (66% new), further concentrated the wine’s rich cassis and blackberry cobbler flavors, adding subtle nuances of torched crème brûlée. Through numerous barrel tastings and blending trials, a final blend that includes Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdothelps make this wine accessible today for immediate drinking while still maintaining the Cabernet structure for extended cellaring.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon – 8% Petite Sirah – 5% Petit Verdot – 4.5% Syrah – 2% Zinfandel – 1.5% Merlot
5.7 g/L total acidity; 3.80 pH; 14.7% alc. by vol.