Emblem, Napa Valley, Oso Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 This is very refined Cabernet. The nose sports the ripeness of Cassis with the richness of vanilla and chocolate. In the mouth the edges are all polished, a ripe wine yet one whose structure is lurking in the background, supportive but not overbearing.
The food-friendly nature of this wine comes from its acidity, carrying the Cassis and other flavors for a long time after the wine has been swallowed – very nice.
The grapes, all Cabernet Sauvignon, were sourced from the Mondavi family’s Oso Vineyard. The vineyard is planted on terraced slopes sited between Sugarloaf and Howell Mountains. 45% of the oak for maturation was new, all of it French, and the wine aged there for 22 months.
Produced and bottled by the Michael Mondavi Family, Folio Winemakers Studio in Napa 13.7% $50 suggested US retail, a media sample Emblem Wines