Emmolo Winery

Napa Valley Merlot

9.259 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.2

1ltr format. Loved everything about it. No sign of premature aging. Wish we had more. Would be difficult to pick this as a merlot, if tasted blind...

1ltr format. Loved everything about it. No sign of premature aging. Wish we had more. Would be difficult to pick this as a merlot, if tasted blind...

Sep 13th, 2020
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

Deep purplish red and completely coats the glass. Solid nose on the attack with blueberries, cinnamon, raspberries, anise and a little floral. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and well integrated. A bit of heat too. Insanely extracted with notes of spices, blueberries, dark raspberries, minerality and a touch of earthiness. Very drinkable and a good bit of fruit. Medium bodied with some good structure. Medium length finish. Drink till 2022.

Deep purplish red and completely coats the glass. Solid nose on the attack with blueberries, cinnamon, raspberries, anise and a little floral. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and well integrated. A bit of heat too. Insanely extracted with notes of spices, blueberries, dark raspberries, minerality and a touch of earthiness. Very drinkable and a good bit of fruit. Medium bodied with some good structure. Medium length finish. Drink till 2022.

1 person found it helpfulSep 13th, 2017
Bill Ward

A juicy delight. My favorite wine from a Wagner in a while. Persistent. Paid $20 for it,; misidentified here as a spendy merlot

A juicy delight. My favorite wine from a Wagner in a while. Persistent. Paid $20 for it,; misidentified here as a spendy merlot

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

Raspberry and chocolate, a very nice merlot.

Raspberry and chocolate, a very nice merlot.

Sep 18th, 2016
Matt Trader

I've gotta hand it to Chuck's daughter on this vintage and say that she is becoming a great wine maker! It's funny, I preferred the Merlot over the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. As a matter of fact, they both tasted quite similar to one another, but the Merlot had a one up on papa's wine; that one up was TANNIN STRUCTURE.
It had that similar raisin like nose, but showed some herb spice notes and nutmeg, with a core of sugar coated strawberry and ripe cherries. In the glass, the liquid was dark ruby with an intense purple hue, and long legs. The pallet exhibited notes of stewed black and red fruits, vanilla, clove, dark chocolate, and finished with finesse and lingered with an ever so charismatic bite.
In conclusion, I feel as if the Emmolo Merlot for the $50 is much more adequately priced than some of the Caymus family wines, and had a fantastic tannic structure, with acidity to accompany it. It wasn't AS sweet of a red as the Cab, so I will call it WOTN.

Brava Jenny Wagner!

CHEERS!

I've gotta hand it to Chuck's daughter on this vintage and say that she is becoming a great wine maker! It's funny, I preferred the Merlot over the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. As a matter of fact, they both tasted quite similar to one another, but the Merlot had a one up on papa's wine; that one up was TANNIN STRUCTURE.
It had that similar raisin like nose, but showed some herb spice notes and nutmeg, with a core of sugar coated strawberry and ripe cherries. In the glass, the liquid was dark ruby with an intense purple hue, and long legs. The pallet exhibited notes of stewed black and red fruits, vanilla, clove, dark chocolate, and finished with finesse and lingered with an ever so charismatic bite.
In conclusion, I feel as if the Emmolo Merlot for the $50 is much more adequately priced than some of the Caymus family wines, and had a fantastic tannic structure, with acidity to accompany it. It wasn't AS sweet of a red as the Cab, so I will call it WOTN.

Brava Jenny Wagner!

CHEERS!

Jul 17th, 2016
Robert Stackowiak

Deep color. Balanced fruity / dry. At 4 years old is lovely. September 2018.

Deep color. Balanced fruity / dry. At 4 years old is lovely. September 2018.

Sep 5th, 2018
Rick Riddle

Cassis and licorice on the nose with dark chocolate on the palate with a cherry jubilee finish. Reminds me of nighttime, darkness, gothic. Maybe because of the deep purple, dark chocolate with greater than expected velvety tannins. Not your typical Merlot, but what you would expect from the Wagner family- Very Jammy, but also very rich

Cassis and licorice on the nose with dark chocolate on the palate with a cherry jubilee finish. Reminds me of nighttime, darkness, gothic. Maybe because of the deep purple, dark chocolate with greater than expected velvety tannins. Not your typical Merlot, but what you would expect from the Wagner family- Very Jammy, but also very rich

May 25th, 2018
Paul Krzych

BIG! It's hi,-test. Blackberry aroma. Leather and cherry predominate. Crazy good Merlot!

BIG! It's hi,-test. Blackberry aroma. Leather and cherry predominate. Crazy good Merlot!

Mar 9th, 2018
Scot Walker

Carmel and cotton candy nose, red berries, red licorice taste, need 20-30 minutes to breathe. Went well with Vitello Milano and grilled broccolini with balsamic vinegar.

Carmel and cotton candy nose, red berries, red licorice taste, need 20-30 minutes to breathe. Went well with Vitello Milano and grilled broccolini with balsamic vinegar.

Feb 23rd, 2018
Dan Schafer

Always good. Start to finish.

Always good. Start to finish.

Nov 29th, 2017