Emmolo Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014

$22

New release from the Caymus family!  Jenny Wagner, daughter of Caymus' Chuck Wagner, has introduced this outstanding Sauvignon Blanc from her new label Emmolo.  Continuing the legacy of the Wagner Family's other profound wine ventures such as Caymus, Belle Glos, and Conundrum, Jenny Wagner takes the reins of Emmolo Winery and is making a hit with these new releases! Her family has a long-standing history in Napa Valley beginning with her great-grandfather, Italian immigrant, Salvatore Emmolo, who planted grapevines and started a grapevine rootstock nursery in Rutherford in the 1920’s. His son, and Jenny's grandfather, Frank Emmolo, ran Emmolo Nursery and built a strong following amongst Napa Valley grapegrowers - becoming the leading supplier to Napa Valley vintners for five decades. This is an elegant and refined style of Sauvignon Blanc that is subtle and balanced, with minerality and bright natural acidity. On the nose, aromas of citrus, iron, wet stone and a hint of D’Anjou pear tempt your senses, while a crisp lightness, balanced acidity and underlying notes of fleshy grapefruit and lime zest please the palate. The significant minerality and soft body rounds out the wine. This Sauvignon Blanc was made to pair with food, yet is very versatile. Bottled using a Guala twist top in lieu of cork.   

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Ratings on Delectable

Boris Mathiszik Delectable Pro

Crisp and fresh. Happy Fourth!

Crisp and fresh. Happy Fourth!

8.9

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Apple and lemon-lime with a hint of melon on the finish.

Apple and lemon-lime with a hint of melon on the finish.

8.2

Matt Trader Delectable Pro

For $20, pretty darn delicious. I liked listening to Jenny talk about what she does with the Emmolo Nursery vines in early harvest. In order to have each bunch contain all free hanging grapes instead of intense clusters, she brushes each newly bloomed bunch with a plastic brush to gently remove about half of the newly blossomed fruit. This process is fairly painstaking and takes around 30 seconds per cluster. It takes 1-2 weeks to complete this process, but the wines created are proof in the pudding so to speak. This Sauv Blanc is very floral, and lacking herbaceous notes because she dislikes any green bell pepper and grassy notes in her wines. What does exist are sweet pineapple notes, lemon zest, keylime juice, and wildflower petals on the nose. The liquid is starbright straw yellow, and has a light viscosity, exhibiting notes of Meyer lemon, ripe grapefruit, mineral, and a crisp finish. It was a great start to the Live Stream, and a great wine for the summer! Cheers! $19.99

For $20, pretty darn delicious. I liked listening to Jenny talk about what she does with the Emmolo Nursery vines in early harvest. In order to have each bunch contain all free hanging grapes instead of intense clusters, she brushes each newly bloomed bunch with a plastic brush to gently remove about half of the newly blossomed fruit. This process is fairly painstaking and takes around 30 seconds per cluster. It takes 1-2 weeks to complete this process, but the wines created are proof in the pudding so to speak. This Sauv Blanc is very floral, and lacking herbaceous notes because she dislikes any green bell pepper and grassy notes in her wines. What does exist are sweet pineapple notes, lemon zest, keylime juice, and wildflower petals on the nose. The liquid is starbright straw yellow, and has a light viscosity, exhibiting notes of Meyer lemon, ripe grapefruit, mineral, and a crisp finish. It was a great start to the Live Stream, and a great wine for the summer! Cheers! $19.99

8.9

Brian Powell Delectable Pro

On the shelves at Wine Gourmet @winegourmetva

On the shelves at Wine Gourmet @winegourmetva

9.5

Sean Genn Delectable Pro

Bright acid, some mineral. You can tell there was some lees contact with this wine

Bright acid, some mineral. You can tell there was some lees contact with this wine

8.8

John Skupny - Lang & Reed Wine Company Delectable Pro

Ok. Diffuse not particularly varietal.

Ok. Diffuse not particularly varietal.

8.6

Drew Dodson Delectable Pro

Delicious!

Delicious!

9.1

John Singer

Not as crisp and acidic as a NZ sauv blanc. Decent but not remarkable.

Not as crisp and acidic as a NZ sauv blanc. Decent but not remarkable.

8.8

Wendy Fruland

Boris wine tasting. 4th of July.

Boris wine tasting. 4th of July.

8.5

dan boedeker

Refreshing. Easy to pair with light seafood dishes. Elegant.

Refreshing. Easy to pair with light seafood dishes. Elegant.

8.8

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