Cheryl Emmolo and her son, Charlie Wagner, remember tasting and admiring the Sauvignon Blanc grapes during the 2005 harvest. Lush, layered fruit sourced from Napa Valley’s finest, including the historic Emmolo family vineyard in Rutherford. Those same characteristics ring forth in the new release.
2005 Sauvignon Blanc
TASTING NOTES - Charlie captured and preserved the true varietal components and flavors that intrigued him during harvest. Our 2005 vintage reminds us of a new day…crisp citrus, honeysuckle and honeydew melon aroma’s giving way to a palate of kiwi, lemon rind and mineral nuances. A mouth-coating entry with a remarkable key-lime finish. Daybreak in a glass.
VINEYARDS - The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc is a reflection of the vineyards that were carefully sourced. The vineyards, including the historic Emmolo family vineyards in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley, were farmed for optimal sun and air exposure. We experienced mild temperatures throughout most of the growing season. Some heat spikes gave us an advantage and spurred along the ripening process toward the end of harvest. The Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are grown on an open lyre trellis, which opens the leaf canopy and exposes the clusters to air exposure and dappled sunlight. This encourages the ripe, fruit forward flavors we desire. The grapes were hand-picked mid - August through late September – just as the fruit clusters turned golden in color.
WINEMAKING - Following whole cluster pressing, Charlie, fermented the wine in 100% stainless steel. In doing so, he was able to maintain the vibrant fruit characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc. A combination of small tanks and 75 gallon steel drums were used during fermentation and aging. The use of small drums gave Charlie the most control possible during blending. In blending the various vineyard lots, we sought a multi-flavored wine with concentrated fruit flavors and well balanced acidy. Brix: 24.3, Acidity: .66g/100ml.