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Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016. Emblem

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016. Emblem

Item #: N0220R1DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Creme Brulee, Cassis
Palate: Lilting Cherry, Vanilla, Cocoa
Finish: Seamless from front to back
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat, Game, Cheese/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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We could wrap this wine up in one sentence and there wouldn't be a need to go further. Emblem is made by Michael Mondavi. But since we have the space. For those of you who just got here, there is probably no name more associated with wines from Napa Valley than the name Mondavi.

Robert Mondavi founded his iconic winery in 1965. His father, Caesar, owned the Charles Krug Winery in Napa and Robert worked there with Peter, his older brother. When Caesar passed away, Peter took over. The friction came when Peter wanted to focus on bulk wine, though they did make one of the finest Cabernets in California. Robert thought the concentration should be on fine wine and Napa seemed like a good place to make it.

Eventually, Robert's sons, Michael and Timothy, came into the fold and together ran the winery for over 40 years. It was unquestionably the standard by which all other wines were judged. When Robert retired and the winey sold, each son went on their own path.

Michael founded Emblem with his family and now the fourth generation Mondavi is making a name for itself. There's a thread in this wine that is reminiscent of those first Mondavi wines. It is supple and subtle, but still has character. The balance is so perfect that you can enjoy it now with a lamb loin or on the birth of your son, or his son, or daughter, or...