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We Speak Wine USD 43.97 750ml

Emmolo Merlot Napa Valley 2016

Member Review by puhnner:

Another one from lunch at Marcello's. The Winemaker's notes on Wine.com seem spot on to me. 'This well-balanced and darkly colored wine evokes the scents of saddle leather, coffee and plum, with traces of smokiness amidst its rich fruit. A smooth entry on the palate leads into ripe flavors of plums, prunes and cocoa, balanced by acidity and a grippy tannin character. On the finish: a harmony of fresh earthiness, smoky notes and cocoa's lingering, inviting warmth.' Felt 'Old World' to me - similar to a St. Emilion Bordeaux. A beauty.

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Emmolo Wine Company:
We will always approach our wines with the care and attention of a small family winery. That's what we do best. -Cheryl Emmolo Owner

Member Reviews for Emmolo Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: puhnner
1534072,527
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 05/22/2015

Another one from lunch at Marcello's. The Winemaker's notes on Wine.com seem spot on to me. 'This well-balanced and darkly colored wine evokes the scents of saddle leather, coffee and plum, with traces of smokiness amidst its rich fruit. A smooth entry on the palate leads into ripe flavors of plums, prunes and cocoa, balanced by acidity and a grippy tannin character. On the finish: a harmony of fresh earthiness, smoky notes and cocoa's lingering, inviting warmth.' Felt 'Old World' to me - similar to a St. Emilion Bordeaux. A beauty.


Snooth User: Stallion
381013946
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 08/07/2015

Outstanding Merlot! Big and lush with ripe fruit and big alcohol. Fantastic smoothness with some very good structure. This would give Duckhorn or Shafer Merlots a run for their money. This is another example of Merlot done the right way! Cheers!


Snooth User: puhnner
1534072,527
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/21/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: jobiespal
1317114
2.50 5
Vintage: 2000 02/04/2009

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Emmolo Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/16/2018

Winemaker Notes: 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, leathery tannins.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/23/2018

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. ** Only 3 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 06/04/2018

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. ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/14/2017

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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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/30/2016

My goal for this wine was to create a well-balanced Merlot with superbly rich fruit, soft tannins and dark color. This release exhibits aromas of mahogany smoke, leather and brown spice, while earthy flavors intertwine with caramelized plum and smooth tannins reminiscent of ground cocoa. - Jenny Wagner, Winemaker


External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/24/2015

Jenny is the newest member of the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, to join the family business as winemaker. For Emmolo. Jenny has been working alongside her father, Chuck Wagner, for the past few years, benefiting from hands-on learning of both grape farming and winemaking in the Napa Valley. Emmolo is named after Jenny’s maternal family, and was launched twenty years ago by her mother, Cheryl Emmolo. As winemaker, Jenny is naturally putting her own mark on the wines and elevating them to a stunning level of quality. Grapes for this wine are sourced from the Emmolo vineyard in Oak Knoll; ten miles nearer the San Francisco Bay than Rutherford it has a much cooler microclimate. Along with well-drained, low vigor soil this vineyard is the ideal place to grow Merlot in Napa Valley. Hand harvested, the grapes were brought into the winery where they were de-stemmed and cold-soaked. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak barrels. Robert Parker scored this wine 92 points saying “Although this winery has been around since 1944, I am unfamiliar with its wines. Packaged in an interesting bottle with a label sporting green ink, this 2012 Merlot is made in an explosively rich, blockbuster style. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by oodles of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of espresso and chocolate. Full-bodied and super-rich, but not overly extracted or astringent, this beautifully made, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal Merlot should win the hearts and minds of many California wine enthusiasts. It is the complete package – from aromatics to an impressive entry, a full, savory mid-palate, and a long finish. Kudos to producer Jenny Wagner."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 06/26/2015

My goal for this wine was to create a well-balanced Merlot with superbly rich fruit, soft tannins and dark color. This first release exhibits aromas of mahogany smoke, leather and brown spice, while earthy flavors intertwine with caramelized plum and smooth tannins reminiscent of ground cocoa. - Jenny Wagner, Winemaker


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