2012 Emmolo Merlot
Merlot - 750ML
  • WA 92
  • JS 91

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WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
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... 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 wine 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. It should drink well for 10-12+ years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JS 91
jamessuckling.com, July 2015
This is a very fruity red with plum, berry and lots of earth. Hints of wood too. Full body, round texture and a juicy finish. Fruit-forward and fun. Drink now.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2012

Label

The Oak Knoll District AVA provides the fruit for Emmolo Merlot. That region, toward the southern end of Napa Valley, is cooled by breezes and fog from San Pablo Bay which allows grapes to ripen gently. This allows for a long growing season which results in great color, complex flavors and soft tannins, but moderate alcohol.

Emmolo's Merlot exhibits qualities one might expect from a terrific Cabernet Sauvignon, but its flavors of ripe, dark plum and chocolate are all Merlot. Judicious use of French oak barrels adds more nuances to nose and palate, while also making the wine immediately approachable. The wine is made by Jenny Wagner.

Winery

Emmolo

Emmolo is a Rutherford wine estate established by Cheryl Emmolo in 1994. Her family has a long-standing history in the Napa Valley wine industry beginning with her grandfather, Italian immigrant Salvatore Emmolo, who planted grapevines and started a grapevine rootstock nursery in Rutherford in the 1920’s.

Salvatore’s son, Frank Emmolo, ran Emmolo Nursery and built a strong following amongst Napa Valley grape growers - becoming the leading supplier to Napa Valley vintners for five decades. They opened up Palermo Winery in 1934, operating for less than a decade and eventually closing due to the public’s lack of interest in wine immediately after Prohibition. They sustained the land over the years until Cheryl re-established the building as Emmolo Winery.

Today, Cheryl’s daughter, Jenny Wagner, has taken over the reins and the estate is now part of the Wagner Family of Wines. She is proud and honored to continue on the family legacy and tradition of farming vines and making Emmolo wine in the original winery her great-grandfather built in 1934.

The winery focuses on two wines – a Sauvignon Blanc and a Merlot. They get their fruit from the estate’s River Ranch property in Rutherford, an estate property in Oak Knoll and, depending on the vintage, from vineyards in Carneros and Atlas Peak.