With less than 1,000 cases produced, this is a rarity that Jenny produces using a vineyard practice called “brushing,” where each new Sauvignon Blanc cluster is individually brushed in the spring in order to reduce the number of berries that form. This makes the clusters looser and helps them ripen faster and more evenly. And what a result! This is filled to the brim with intoxicating aromas of orange blossom, creamy honeydew melons, and candied grapefruit rind. You’re not going to find this beauty anywhere but here, the Wagner’s site, and of course the French Laundry wine list, where it runs $250.
Yet another Wagner joins the fold! With her brothers Joe and Charlie running Belle Glos and Mer Soleil, respectively, and her father Chuck helming the family flagship at Caymus Vineyards, Jenny Wagner is taking a different tack in continuing her mother's side of the family legacy. Dating back to the 1920's when her maternal great-grandfather established a vineyard nursery in Rutherford, Jenny's roots on both sides of her family tree stretch deep into the very early days of Napa Valley. She has partnered with her grandparents, who still own and farm Napa vineyards, and her mother, who established the brand by making wine in the same building that housed the family's original winery in 1934. Emmolo (em-oh-low) represents another step forward for one of Napa Valley's first families of winemaking excellence.