||Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District |
||Cabernet Sauvignon 88%, Merlot 9%, Cabernet Franc 3%|
||22 months in French oak barrels|
||October 2003 |
||August 2005 |
||September 2007 |
Retail Price: $150.00
Wine Club Price: $120.00
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The 2003 vintage of Elivette has a layered, complex structure built predominantly on Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is laden with aromas of baking spices, cocoa, sweet vanilla, licorice, black cherry and berry fruit, with subtle floral notes of stone fruit blossom. On the palate, the wine has a solid, polished attack, with pretty berry fruit and elements of pepper and licorice. The tannins are supportive, but soft and malleable. The bright acidity of the wine adds to the lively and elongated finish.
The 2003 Vintage
A light winter was followed by dry weather and bud break that occurred in mid March with bloom 60 days later. Spring and early summer saw beautiful, mild weather interrupted by two heat waves in September. We were able to ride out the heat spikes and extend harvest later into the season, giving the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot ample hang time to become physiologically mature. The 2003 Spring Mountain vintage yielded wines with great fruit expression, balance and soft, ripe tannins.
Spring Mountain Estate
Elivette, the name for our Reserve wine, is the ultimate viticultural and artistic expression of our Estate. Every vintage there are certain lots of wine that demonstrate personality and quality that set them apart. These are the lots destined to create Elivette, a wine that will showcase concentration, harmony, and elegance during its long life.
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 850-acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, representing 135 distinct hillside vineyard blocks with many soil types, exposures, and microclimates. Originally four individual 19th century Napa Valley vineyards, Miravalle, Alba, Chevalier and La Perla are now one vineyard producing estate bottled wines. A substantial portion of the vineyard is planted in densities of over 4,000 vines per acre. Because of the diverse and challenging terrain, the vines are trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical trellising method invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans. Growing primarily Bordeaux grape varieties, the vineyard yields distinctive mountain wines that consistently display concentration, elegance and longevity. The quintessential wine from the estate is Elivette.