Emmolo carries on a family tradition dating back to 1923, when my great-grandfather Salvatore Emmolo immigrated from Italy to
Rutherford. Buying property that remains in the family to this day, he built a winery and started a grapevine rootstock nursery. Managed for
many years by my grandfather Frank Emmolo, the nursery became the leading supplier to Napa Valley vintners. In 1994, my mother,
Cheryl, launched Emmolo wines, eager to continue the family name. Today Im proud to be doing just that, with my second release of
Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Our grapes are still grown on family property, and my grandparents, Frank and Annie, still live in
Rutherford where they sit on their porch keeping an eye on the vines.
Production and Style
Creating a unique expression of California Sauvignon Blanc
starts in the vineyard. This vintage was sourced from two
family vineyards Emmolo Rutherford provides fresh citrus
characteristics, while Emmolo Oak Knoll lends crisp minerality.
2013 was consistently warm and dry, with harvest running
from mid-August through early September. The grapes were
lightly pressed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks.
I aged the wine in both stainless steel and older French oak
barrels, adding depth and complexity while preserving the
Emmolo 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes
Light and soft-bodied, the 2013 vintage offers a firm acidity
balanced with a stark, steely flavor. Aromas are fresh and
clean, evoking the scent of early morning after a first rain,
with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine
and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft
quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending
with a mouthwatering finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit.
A long-lasting, zesty minerality leaves the sensation of both
subtlety and brightness.