2014 Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc SKU #1230185


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Tasting Notes

Salvatore Emmolo immigrated from Italy to Rutherford in 1923 and planted vines. Emmolo was a leading supplier to Napa vintners until Cheryl, the third generation, launched Emmolo Wines in 1994. Today, it's in the fourth generation's hands, with fruit still grown on their grandparents' property. The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc shows fresh citrus notes and lively minerality, making it infinitely sippable.

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  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    I was surprised, impressed, and quite pleased when I tasted this Sauvignon Blanc from Napa. Despite having been in Napa for almost 100 years you can taste the mineral drive that I associate with many Italian whites. This wine has a lovely nose with white stone fruit and some melon notes, this follows on the palate along with bright acid. The balance and cleanness of the wine actually astonished me, I highly recommend this as a different, but excellent Napa Sauv. Blanc.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Syzygy is one of my favorite oddball words, referring to the perfect astronomical alignment of celestial bodies, as Earth, Moon and Sun. As a wine metaphor, it could express the perfect alignment of vineyard, terroir and winemaker, culminating in the shimmering juice that ends up in your glass. I suppose time, or rather, tradition also plays a role in the creation of such wines, and California being a land of immigrants, carries plenty of history in its myriad topography, soils and vineyards. The Emmolo property dates back to 1923, when Salvatore Emmolo landed in Rutherford and founded a rootstock nursery and winery, where today his great-grand daughter continues to harvest the fruits and produce both sumptuous Merlots and stunning Sauvignon Blancs. The latter is a refreshing, well-crafted version that speaks in delicate tones of orange blossom, white pear and grapefruit while sharing a pleasant mineral note and vibrant acidity to add harmony and cut to the mouthwatering finish. Lovely stuff, and 'syzygistically' well-aligned with you, your palate and what lies on the plate in front of you.
    Top Value!


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