For four generations, the Mondavi family has strived to craft world-class wine in the Napa Valley. Emblem wines are symbolic of that tradition, as Michael Mondavi works side by side with his children, Rob and Dina, to produce two single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons that uniquely express their Napa Valley heritage.
After the grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, the fermenting juice went through a combination of gentle punch-down and cap submersion and aerative pump-overs with rack and returns in order to keep tannins supple and approachable while maximizing the depth of fruit extraction. An extended maceration resulted in an average of 21 to 28 days before pressing. The wine was transferred into French oak barrels (77% new) for malolactic fermentation and 20 months of aging, followed by 6 months aging in bottle. Our 2011 Oso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully balanced, with a supple, elegant texture and lush ripe fruit flavors of cherry and blackberry, and subtle oak nuances of chocolate, toffee, and toasted vanilla.