92pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Emmolo Merlot packs plenty of ripe fruit and oomph on the palate. This is a generous and appealing wine. Its aromas and flavors offer a bounty of black fruit and oak. Enjoy it with a well-seasoned, oven-baked Porchetta. (Tasted: May 10, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
A vibrant red, the 2018 vintage is earthy and alluring, featuring scents of ripe plums, wild berry pie, and freshly we soil. Notes of new leather, sweet cigar, sage, and a whiff of mint add intriguing layers to the nose. The palate quickly builds and expands, offering flavors of mulberry, espresso, toasted wood, and sweet spice. Tannins are extremely smooth, giving this wine a supple, soft texture. The lingering finish fills the mouth with the richness of lush fruit and Mexican chocolate, with rustic accents of cinnamon and clove.