Emmolo Merlot Napa Valley 2016
Jenny Wagner, of the Wagner family who owns Caymus, and her mother Cheryl restarted Cheryl's family's winery in the original building in Oak Knoll, and named it Emmolo, which is now owned and run by Jenny. Their Merlot is sourced from family holdings in Oak Knoll that have been in their family for generations.
Oak Knoll is a little cooler than it is upvalley, so this is the ideal spot for Merlot to get maximum hang time. This is a plush, aromatic, satisfying Merlot with notes of black cherries, ripe plums, black currant, dark chocolate, and mint. If you are looking for a delicate, frilly Merlot, this is most definitely not the droid you're looking for.