Nose

The 2014 Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exudes aromas of freshly muddled boysenberries, warm vanilla bean and toasty cardamom

Palate

The welcoming notes of this wine offer voluminous and supple aromas accompanied by rich tannins and dark fruits of plum and ripe dark brambly berries. Well balanced, with a soft and layered mouth feel make this wine a simply delicious expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Able to age or ready to enjoy now.

Growing Conditions

The genesis of Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is in the Michael Mondavi Family Vineyards, nestled along the North-eastern hillsides of Napa Valley high above St Helena. Farmed sustainably and organically, certified Napa Valley Green and Fish Friendly, the vineyards exemplify a generational commitment to responsible farming. A long and warm growing season allowed the grapes to manifest dark fruits flavors. Infrequent heat spikes softened the traditionally firm and structured tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. The warm season balanced by night time fog and cool Napa Valley nights, calmed the ripening process and insstlled a unique blend of tannin and fruit which inspired a rich background of deep exotic spices.

Winemaking

The grapes are exclusively hand harvested. During fermentation the colors, flavors, textures and aromas are naturally extracted from the skins. At approximately 14 days, the fermentation is completed and we drain the tanks, remove the skins and then gently press to capture the remaining juice. Thoughtfully sculpted, the 2014 Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of four complimentary varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon provides the depth and structure , Petite Sirah imparts exotic spices and violet floral attributes, Petit Verdot provides additional structure and a vibrant aroma of primrose and subtle sandalwood while Merlot ties the blend together with exceptional mouthfeel and soft strawberry notes.

Aging

Small French oak barrels; aged for 18 months.