Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 4% Zinfandel, 4% Petit Verdot. Produced and bottled by the Michael Mondavi Winery. Emblem is the latest chapter in the Mondavi familyt story that spans four generations crafting world-class wine in the Napa Valley. This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is blended in a modern key, making it accessible today while maintaining a structure for extended cellaring.
After the grapes were gently hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed, the juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with an extended post-fermentation maceration that beautifully married flavors and tannins, giving this wine its lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 15 months aging in French oak, further concentrated the wine's rich cassis and blackberry cobbler flavors, adding subtle nuances of torched creme brulee. Through numerous barrel tastings and blending trials, a final blend helps make this wine accessible today for immediate drinking while still maintaining the Cabernet structure for extended cellaring.