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Emmolo Merlot 2013

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750ML / 15.1% ABV
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750ML / 15.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Grapes for this vintage were sourced from the Emmolo Oak Knoll vineyard located near the city of Napa in a sub-appellation called Oak Knoll. It's ten miles nearer the San Francisco Bay than Rutherford and has a cooler microclimate. The site was strategically chosen for its soils and moderate climate, which are appropriate for growing Merlot.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Where is this wine going? Emmolo, under the direction of Winemaker/Proprietor Jenny Wagner, has quickly become one of the top Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc producers in the Napa Valley. Yes, she comes from a great wine family. Father Chuck and mother Cheryl have led the way. She took the reins of Emmolo from her mom and has never looked back. The 2013 Emmolo Merlot is packed with fruit and is so sumptuous on the palate. Some might say that it is a bit too accessible, but I find the wine in the perfect sweet spot for Merlot. Medium to deep ruby in color, up-front ripe fruit aromas, lots of berries and a hint of dust; medium bodied, sweet tannins abound, well structured; dryish, medium acidity, good balance; ripe and smooth on the palate, a hint of sweet oak to keep well formed; fine and smooth in the aftertaste. Worthy of a crown roast of lamb. (Tasted: December 10, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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James Suckling
Bright and fruity style of merlot with blueberry and blackberry, light and silky tannins and a bright finish. High-toned but fresh and clean.
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Emmolo is named for Jenny’s maternal ancestors, who came to Napa Valley in 1923, buying property that remains in the family to this day. Her great-grandfather started a grapevine rootstock nursery that became the leading supplier to Napa Valley growers. Her mom, Cheryl Emmolo, has no brothers and always dreamed of keeping the family name alive by making wine using family vineyards. She launched Emmolo in 1994 and turned the reins over to Jenny in 2011.

On the paternal side, Jenny’s Napa Valley roots trace back to 1857, when her third great-grandfather captained a wagon train to the region, beginning a long history of farming and winemaking. In 1972, Jenny’s father, Chuck Wagner, founded Caymus Vineyards along with her grandparents.

As owner and winemaker for Emmolo Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, Jenny has pursued a distinct style for these wines and embraces new techniques in both the vineyard and her winemaking. With her Sauvignon Blanc, she is going after a subtle wine that is more minerality-driven than fruit-driven. With her Merlot, she relishes the challenge of enticing people to try a bold, rich wine with a style that is not what they typically expect. Most of the grapes for Emmolo are still grown on family property, and Jenny’s grandparents still live in Napa Valley – where they sit on their porch keeping an eye on the vines.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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