2013 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon
The Mondavi family has always championed Cabernet Sauvignon as Napa Valley's premier grape. Emblem represents the continuation of this once visionary commitment and the passing of the torch to the next generation of the Michael Mondavi family.
The Oso Vineyard provides the central character and structure of the wine, while the balance of the grapes from the valley floor contribute roundness and complexity. 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 bruleè.
James Suckling, 92 Points
Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points
Mr. Parker, 90 Points
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 4.5% Syrah, 2% Zinfandel, 1.5% Merlot
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