Emblem reflects the rich winemaking tradition of the Mondavi family in the Napa Valley, now carried forward by the fourth generation. Winemaker Rob Mondavi, together with his sister Dina, are crafting world class wines, building on the rich family winemaking tradition by blazing a trail of their own with Emblem.
The Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine harvested from the family’s estate vineyard 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. 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. The vineyard is named “Oso” which is the Spanish word for Bear, for the wild California black bear that like to feast on the ripening Cabernet.
The Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted in a modern key by blending small amounts of intriguing component varietals such as Syrah, Petit Sirah, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot into the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit to make an approachable style wine for immediate consumption. The fruit is predominately from the family’s Oso ranch, with small pockets of valley floor fruit blended in to create a wine that boasts a beautifully rounded mouthfeel and layers of rich, complex flavors.