Emblem Wine

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Folio Winemakers.

I’ve written before about Folio Winemakers. (And a brief line about this wine before…my notes from 2 years ago actually track fairly well with these new notes!). The whole concept is a Michael Mondavi project, where wines are imported from various countries as well as made on the Mondavi Estates, among other places, and are available for tasting all in one location. It’s pretty cool and the tasting room is just lovely. Whiling away a day on the back porch overlooking the vineyards would be easy to do. One such Mondayi project is this 2006 Emblem Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. It clocks in at 13.3% alcohol by volume (wow, that’s one of the lowest abv levels I’ve seen on a Cab in quite some time), had a real cork closure, and MSRP of $50, though I see it in various online shops for around $40.

Black fruit is the name of the game on the nose of this Cab. Blackberry, black currant, black cherry, and black plums are all present on the nose, with some earthy and chocolate notes bringing up the tail. The nose had a an overall earthy/dusty character to it that I really enjoyed. In the mouth, more black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, black currants, and some of the chocolate I found on the nose. The wine had excellent acidity to help it along, which married well with the palate of mostly very juicy black fruit.

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