WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • APPELLATION
    Rutherford and Oak Knoll, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    12.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Born into two longstanding wine families in Napa Valley, winemaker Jenny Wagner inherited a love of farming, an eagerness to get her hands dirty and a willingness to push boundaries. 

From the Winery:  Emmolo carries on a family tradition dating back to 1923, when my great-grandfather Salvatore Emmolo immigrated from Italy to Rutherford, California — a small town in the middle of Napa Valley. Buying property that remains in the family, he built a winery and started a grapevine rootstock nursery. Managed for many years by my grandfather Frank Emmolo, the nursery became the leading supplier to Napa Valley vintners. My mother, Cheryl, launched Emmolo wines in 1994—she doesn't have any brothers and wanted to ensure that the family name lives on. I feel really fortunate that she passed the reins on to me. Most of the grapes for this sixth vintage of Sauvignon Blanc are still grown on family property, and my grandparents, Frank and Annie, still live in Rutherford—where they sit on their porch keeping an eye on the vines. 

My dad, Chuck Wagner, who founded Caymus Vineyards with my grandparents, has taught me you never stop learning. I’ve also watched both of my brothers, Charlie and Joe, become successful winemakers. My whole family has pushed me to constantly get better at what we do.

The style and character of Emmolo starts in the vineyard. Most of this vintage was sourced from family vineyards in two micro-climates of Napa Valley. Vineyards in Rutherford provide fresh citrus characteristics, while the Oak Knoll location lends crisp minerality. The 2017 growing season featured plentiful rain, followed by mild spring weather and some ideal warm days. The grapes were harvested in mid-August, achieving a healthy yield of high-quality fruit. The grapes were lightly pressed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged primarily in stainless steel, with a smaller portion in older French oak barrels to add depth and complexity while preserving the variety's character.

TASTING NOTES 

Inspired by the idea that less is more, this wine is more minerality-driven than fruit-driven. Not grassy or overly ripe, it features delicate fruit flavors and steely, mineral notes that call to mind a first summer rain. The grapes come from two family vineyards, and the fruit is harvested at just the right moment to achieve a balance of firm acidity and low alcohol. 

A luminous pale gold, this wine opens on the nose with the freshness of a first summer rain, layered with scents of white peach and a hint of guava. The palate features a lively acidity balanced by delicate fruit flavors of peach and newly ripened honeydew. A tartness builds, softened by a smooth texture that lingers in the mouth. The mouth-watering finish is unusually bright and crisp.