A good amount of dark cherry and cassis berry fruit with notes of dark chocolate, violet floral notes, dark chocolate notes, very complex bouquet of aromas along wiht a strong mineral/earthy component. A big and chewy wine with lots of dark currant and cassis berry fruit on the tongue lots of tannins but ripe and round with a good hand of spice and fresh earth/mineral notes through the finish.
|Appellation||St. Helena (Napa Valley)|
|Varietal(s)||87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot|
enjoy at 16-18°C
The grapes for Emblem 2011 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from Michael Mondavi 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. 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. 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.
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.
Under the Emblem label, siblings Rob Mondavi, Jr. and Dina Mondavi collaborate in producing two distinct Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons - a long-lived, structured wine from the family's Oso Vineyard nestled between Ink Grade and Howell Mountain, and the more approachable Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend crafted from grapes procured from several locations across Napa Valley.