The Wagners are California royalty. There’s pretty much nothing they haven’t achieved and no new project they won’t take on. They have virtually no weaknesses in their portfolio. If I had to pick a soft spot, the only thing I could possibly argue is Sauvignon Blanc. At least, there really hasn’t ever been enough to offer up in an email. But unbeknownst to me, the Wagners have been addressing this need.
Early this year, the Wagner Family forward thinking venture into the Suisun Valley officially began with the grand opening of a new state of the art winery right in the heart of the tiny AVA. A prominent up & coming region with similar weather to that of Napa, the added acreage in this region, means a focus on non-Cabernet production. Enter the family’s Sauvignon Blanc.
The Caymus Family Emmolo Sauv Blanc combines fruit from both Suisan and Napa Valley and is left in the more than capable hands of Chuck’s daughter, Jenny. The things she’s been able to do with the family’s Emmolo wines are extremely impressive, and she continues to add to her production each year.
The wine itself is flush with a stone fruit/minerality combination. It’s not grassy or overly ripe, instead featuring delicate fruit made in stainless steel that comes out energetic and focused. A pale gold color in the grass, it attacks with layers of guava, white peach and green melon followed by lively acidity and that mineral cut that SB lovers crave.
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