Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard

Napa Valley, California

Tasting Notes

Our 2012 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful dark garnet in color, and is well-balanced with a supple, elegant texture. Dark berry and toffee aromas lead to lush ripe blackberry flavors, accented with and subtle notes of toasted vanilla.

A classic Napa Valley growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes from which winemakers had to choose in 2012. 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 before late rains appeared at the end of October.

After the grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the fermenting juice went through a combination of gentle punch-downs and cap submersions and aerative pump-overs with rack and returns in order to keep tannins supple and approachable while maximizing the depth of fruit extraction throughout an extended maceration of 21 to 28 days. 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.

86.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.8% Petit Verdot 6.6 g/l total acidity 3.73 pH 14.8% alc. by vol.

The grapes for our Emblem 2012 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from our family’s Oso Vineyard. Planted on slopes rising up from Swartz 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 temp-eratures – 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.

For four generations our family has crafted world-class wines in the Napa Valley. Emblem is the latest chapter in our family story, and we're excited to share these beautiful wines with you. Emblem wines are made at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, California and they are a personal reflection of our past and future in the Napa Valley, expressing the unparalleled quality of the land’s fruit and our family’s rich winemaking heritage.

Tasting Notes

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.

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.

87% Cabernet Sauvignon & 13% Petit Verdot 5.26 g/l total acidity 3.89 pH 13.8% alc. by vol.

The grapes for our Emblem 2011 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from our family’s Oso Vineyard. Planted on slopes rising 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.

For four generations our family has crafted world-class wines in the Napa Valley. Emblem is the latest chapter in our family story, and we're excited to share these beautiful wines with you. Emblem wines are made at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, California and they are a personal reflection of our past and future in the Napa Valley, expressing the unparalleled quality of the land’s fruit and our family’s rich winemaking heritage.

Tasting Notes

Our 2010 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.

Napa Valley’s 2010 growing season was dramatic, but resulted in excellent quality fruit with great flavor concentration. It began cool and wet, and by early summer winemakers knew harvest would be later than normal. The early vine development was slowed down by a cool summer and then sped up by bursts of heat throughout the valley. Vineyard management was vital in this vintage, and harvest was accomplished not by one picking, but by numerous to be sure that the grapes were properly ripened. This harvest had its share of unexpected challenges as most typically do, but the reduced crop resulted in vines yielding berries that showed great expression of their vineyards and rich, concentrated flavors.

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 22 months of aging, followed by 6 months aging in bottle. Our 2010 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.

87% Cabernet Sauvignon & 13% Petit Verdot 5.23 g/l total acidity 3.99 pH 14.4% alc. by vol.

The grapes for our Emblem 2010 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.

Four generations of our family studied vineyard sites in the Napa Valley, determining the ideal locations in which to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. From these vineyards, we create Emblem, a personal reflection of our past and future in the Napa Valley, expressing the unparalleled quality of the land’s fruit and our family’s rich winemaking heritage.

Tasting Notes

Our 2009 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.

The 2009 growing season in Napa was characterized by mild and steady weather until mid-October. Abundant spring storms abated winter drought concerns and made water available to grapevines during a crucial period in their development. In addition, growers experienced none of the serious frost problems seen in the spring of 2008. The relatively temperate weather ensured lush green canopies to develop, which protected grapes from sun damage, while allowing veraison to occur quickly due to consecutive hot days in late July and early August. Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed the same ideal growing conditions until October, when a pair of strong storms caused some concern and forced vintners to decide whether to pick before or after the rain. For the most part, however, the tough-skinned, late ripening Cabernet that weathered the storm took advantage of the beautiful Indian summer weather that followed to reach optimum ripeness.

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 (45% new) for malolactic fermentation and 22 months of aging, followed by 6 months aging in bottle. Our 2009 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.

95% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Petit Verdot 5.39 g/l (0.54%) total acidity 3.76 pH 14.2% alc. by vol.

The grapes for our Emblem 2009 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from our family’s Oso Vineyard. Planted on slopes rising 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.

Four generations of our family studied vineyard sites in the Napa Valley, determining the ideal locations in which to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. From these vineyards, we create Emblem, a personal reflection of our past and future in the Napa Valley, expressing the unparalleled quality of the land’s fruit and our family’s rich winemaking heritage.

Tasting Notes

Our 2008 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.

Napa Valley’s 2008 growing season was dramatic, but resulted in excellent quality fruit with great flavor concentration. A very dry spring caused buds to emerge early and, thus, experience an extended frost in late March and early April, which significantly cut the crop. The early vine development was slowed down by a cool summer of consistent temperatures, and harvest began only slightly ahead of normal. A heat spell in late August sped up ripening suddenly, but cool fall temperatures that followed lengthened the harvest. This was the second consecutive dry growing season in the Napa Valley and the reduced crops resulted in vines yielding berries that showed great expression of their vineyards and rich, concentrated flavors.

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 (45% new) for malolactic fermentation and 22 months of aging, followed by 6 months aging in bottle. Our 2008 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.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon 6.05 g/l (0.60%) total acidity 3.77 pH 14.5% alc. by vol.

The grapes for our Emblem 2008 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from our family’s Oso Vineyard. Planted on slopes rising 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.

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2012 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
James Suckling, July 2015

"A dense and chewy red with lots of fruit and tannins. A little over-extracted and drying on the finish. Try in 2017."

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2012 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

"Bittersweet at first, with sizable tannins, this Cab also contains smaller amounts of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfadel, Petit Verdot and Merlot.  Red and black berries give it a juicy palate atop dusty, chalky tannins and a richness of leather and clove on the finish."

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2011 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, January 2014

"The 2011 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely delicious from start to finish as it delivers fantastic aromas of black cherries, currants, herbs, spices and hints of chocolate upon opening. The wine shows nice depth, with a wonderful round, velvety texture before ending with a persistent finish. Look to approach this sooner rather than later. (Best 2015-2021)."

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2011 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

"Cellar Selection. It is instructive to compare this single-vineyard Cabernet with the winery’s regular ’11 Cab. The latter is rich and beautiful to drink now. This one, with mountain origins, is far harder in tannins, but equally classic,  showing wild blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, with a granitic stoniness from the earth. Your window of drinkability starts in 2019."

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2010 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, October 2013

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Emblem Oso is marked by toasty oak, a characteristic that supresses the rich fruit that is evident in the less expensive bottling. The medium-bodied, earthy, oaky Oso cuvee is best consumed over the next 7-8 years."

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2010 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
James Laube, Wine Spectator, October 2014

"Firm, rich and powerful, with raw, gutsy tannins framing the core of dark berry, crushed rock, floral and plum notes. Ends with a grainy graphite and pencil lead edge. Best from 2015 through 2024."

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2010 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, November 2013

"The 2010 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon 'Oso Vineyard’ is composed from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot from the Oso Vineyard, which is nestled between Sugarloaf and Howell Mountains where the vines grow at an elevation of 1,250 feet. The wine brings a generous dosage of blackberries and cassis, which are followed by mocha, vanilla bean, nutmeg spice, herbs and a touch of mineral. This offers medium-full body with a soft, plush texture supported by round tannins that glide effortlessly across your palate. It finishes up with dark fruit and some anise notes lingering. (Best 2014-2020)"

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2010 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2013

"Emblem's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard is rich, juicy and deeply expressive. Plum, black cherry, graphite, tar and licorice meld together in an intense, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2010 brings together the structure of the year along with an overt expression of fruit, which makes for an appealing wine that should drink well young but also develop nicely in bottle. Mocha and sweet French oak linger on a powerful finish laced with incisive mountain tannins. The blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot. Within the context of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a terrific value. Drinking window: 2015 - 2025"

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2009 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, August 2013

"Cellar Selection. Cellar Selection. A first-class Cabernet, this shows a heady concentration of blackberries and cassis, yet there also are fascinating notes of olives and savory dried herbs that are Bordeaux-esque. The tannins are strong and pure, suggesting ageability. Give it 6–8 years in the cellar."

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2008 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Vineyard
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2013

"Lots to like in this Cabernet, which has ripe, juicy flavors of blackberry, plum, dark chocolate and flashy oak.  Made thoroughly in the modern style, it's market by soft tannins and a certain uniformity.  Drink now."

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