2012 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa Valley"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 4% Zinfandel & 4% Petit Verdot
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)
Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: February 13, 2015
Wine Review: This pitch black colored Cabernet from Napa is very good and a lot wine for the money. It opens with pleasant mild black cherry bouquet with hints of black currant. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, nicely balanced, rich and smooth. The flavor profile is a ripe black currant with nicely integrated minerality and oak. I also detected hints of dark chocolate and faint boysenberry. The finish is rather dry and its building tannins have a big presence in the end. As I result, I would decant this Cab and serve it with a well-marbled ribeye, red beets and garlic mashed potatoes. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: Our Emblem Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon its 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 creme brulee. Through numerous barrel tastings and blending trials, a final blend that includes Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot helps make this wine accessible today for immediate drinking while still maintaining the Cabernet structure for extended cellaring.
Organic status: not organic
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