Jenny Wagner, youngest child of Chuck Wagner (of Caymus fame), is the winemaker at Emmolo, which is named after her mother Cheryl Emmolo. The Emmolo family too has a long history in Napa Valley. Great-grandfather Salvatore Emmolo started a grape rootstock nursery in Napa in 1923. His son Frank took over the nursery and planted Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot on the family property. Hence the two grape varietals grown and made by Emmolo. The 2015 Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from two family vineyards, Rutherford and Oak Knoll. The Rutherford vineyard helps to provide fresh citrus characteristics while the Oak Knoll provides crisp minerality. The grapes are lightly pressed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged in both stainless steel and older French oak barrels. The resulting wine has fresh floral aromas, hints of citrus and a touch of salinity while the palate displays beautiful grapefruit, tangerine, and honeysuckle notes. With bright acidity and hints of wet stone, this is a great Sauvignon Blanc. Pair this beauty with sea bass, fresh salmon or a zippy salad.
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