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Cyber Monday Special: Michael Mondavi is Back! 91Pts Emblem Cab $24.99! Best Price in the Country.


2012 Emblem, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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Duke's Price: $24.99/btl
List Price $35

2012 Emblem, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Excellent value in the world of Napa Cabernets and just in time for the holidays!

Our Impressions:
Mondavi is a famous and iconic California winery. A great pleasure to keep up and taste Mondavi's limited production new projects!

Michael Mondavi makes balanced and refined wines while the current trend is jammy and extracted wines, we believe these types of wines will not last. Obviously Michael’s wines are juicier than the older Mondavi's vintages, but they also aren't over the top. It's perfect for people who are simply looking for a well-made, well-priced bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet to drink over the course of a meal.

We just shared some over dinner this past Sunday; it paired so well, it is delicious and a well-made Cabernet Sauvignon. Stylistically the intent is to make a more friendly yet structured, open style of Cabernet. This one has polished, rich, ripe fruit, but the cassis and dark berry core leans in a more savory way with elements of smoky oak, coffee, and toffee. The mid-palate and finish are so enjoyable and long lasting hence a very well conceived and delicious Cabernet very different from the older Mondavi style. You can drink it now or you can store it for a few years.

Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Nov 2013, 91Pts:
"...a beautiful wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Layers of dark red fruit, sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice and spices come together in an expressive Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of personality. Dollops of Petite Syrah, Syrah and Zinfandel - not usually seen in Cabernet-based blends - add an intriguing dimension of aromatic complexity and softness for a young wine. I would prefer to drink the 2010 sooner rather than later, while the rich, mouth filling fruit is on full display, even if the firm 2010 tannins could use another year to soften."

Wine Advocate Notes, Robert Parker, 90Pts:
"Dense ruby/purple with attractive, pure blackcurrant fruit, wrapped with toasty oak, this medium to full-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Emblem Valley plays it tight to the vest, but has excellent structure, purity and richness. Give it 2-3 years cellaring and drink it over the following 10-15 years."

Winery Notes:
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. Siblings Rob Mondavi, Jr. and Dina Mondavi collaborate to produce under the Emblem label wines that express the unparalleled quality of the land’s fruit and their family’s rich winemaking tradition.

VINEYARDS: The grapes for Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon come from Napa Valley’s finest winegrowing regions to create a blend that truly represents the entirety of Napa Valley. Fruit from hillside vineyards at the family’s Oso Vineyard estate in northeast Napa were blended with valley floor fruit from Oakville, Rutherford, and Wooden Valley. By blending fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, they craft a wine that boasts a beautifully rounded mouth feel and layers of rich, complex flavors.

VINTAGE NOTES: A classic Napa Valley growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes from which winemakers had to choose this year. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather, without large heat spikes and with plenty of cool and foggy nights, ripened grapes to perfection before late rains appeared at the end of October. The 2012 harvest was a gift from mother nature allowing us to pick the fruit at the optimum time, providing us juice that shows the ripe flavors and high quality that Napa has to offer.

WINEMAKING: 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 it’s lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 15 months aging in French oak (66% new), further concentrated the wine’s rich cassis and blackberry cobbler flavors, adding subtle nuances of torched crème brûlée. Through numerous barrel tastings and blending trials, a final blend that includes Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot helps make this wine accessible today for immediate drinking while still maintaining the Cabernet structure for extended cellaring. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon – 7% Syrah – 7% Petite Syrah – 4% Zinfandel – 4% Petit Verdot 5.54 g/L total acidity; 3.79 pH; 14.4% alc. by vol."


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