Merlot from Napa Valley, California
A dark rustic red, the 2016 vintage features rich, fragrant scents of blueberries, coffee beans, leather, and a hint of pomace, enhanced by notes of violet, anise, and wildflowers. Entry on the palate is silky, then builds with flavors of dark berry crumble and shaved chocolate. Tannins start off soft, holding onto their softness and fine texture even as they become more pronounced. This is a wine that fills and coats the mouth, leading into an extremely long finish marked by flavors of coffee beans and dark cocoa.
COMMENTARY: With each passing year, I am looking at Emmolo as the Right Bank of California. TASTING NOTES: The winery’s 2016 Merlot banks on a plethora of exquisite flavors and covers the spectrum of berry nuances—red, blue, and black. Its lush and elevated layers on the palate make it perfect choice with pork rillettes, raclette, and a freshly-baked baguette. (Tasted: July 12, 2019, San Francisco, CA)