Emmolo, Napa Valley Merlot (2016)
Emmolo is named after Winemaker, Jenny Wagner’s Italian maternal family and was founded in 1994 by her mother, Cheryl Emmolo. The family has a long-standing history in Napa Valley beginning with her Great-grandfather, Salvatore Emmolo who immigrated to the US in 1923 from Palermo, Sicily and purchased property in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Her grandparents, Frank and Annie continue to live on the property planted in Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Emmolo wines are produced from grapes grown in four family vineyards located in Napa Valley microclimates, strategically planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. The Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant and refined style that is subtle and balanced, with minerality and bright natural acidity and the Merlot is well-balanced with superbly rich fruit, soft tannins and dark color.
Grapes for this wine were sourced from Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll district, which includes two family vineyards. The area’s cooler weather, along with crop thinning and gravelly light soil, creates ideal conditions for producing a rich, distinctive Merlot. This wine is lush and supple on the palate, with expansive, dark berry flavors, a fresh earthiness, and smooth,