Emilio’s Terrace Vineyard
Established in 1990, Emilio’s Terrace Vineyard is located in the Oakville AVA. 4.5 acres of vines are planted on a steep, sunny hillside just above the famous To Kalon Vineyard.
Because of its elevation, the vineyard is rarely affected by the morning fog that blankets much of the Napa Valley floor. This gives the grapes additional time to ripen in the sun.
Owner Phil Schlein’s released his first vintage in 1996. For the first three years, winemaker Joe Cafaro made wines with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1999, he began adding a little bit of Merlot to soften the edges.
The 2003 vintage was made using 100% organic farming methods and hand picked grapes. It was aged for 23 months in a combination of 95% French oak and 5% American oak. Only 657 cases were made of this wine.