Spring Mountain Vineyard
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Wine Spectator "Must See" DWWA 2013 Regional Trophy for 2010 Elivette
Current Release Wines for Spring Mountain Vineyard

2006 Elivette

Appellation: Napa Valley-Spring Mountain District
Estate Grown and Bottled
Assemblage: Cabernet Sauvignon 92%, Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Alcohol: 14.2%
Aging: 21 months in 85% new French oak from Taransaud, Saury, Quintessence, Le Grand and Darnajou
Bottled: September 9 to 12, 2008
Release: October 2010
Production: 3,500 Cases

Retail Price: $135.00
Wine Club Price: $108.00

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About Elivette

The creation of Elivette is overseen by winemaker Jac Cole and vineyard manager, Ron Rosenbrand, who together capitalize on the diversity of Spring Mountain's unique vineyard. Vines are planted in 135 discrete hillside blocks that rise from 400 to 1,600 feet above sea level on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley's Spring Mountain. The austere mountain soil yields fewer than two tons of grapes per acre, yet the resulting wines reflect the intensity of each varietal, supple tannin structures and bright acidity. The fruit from each block is kept separate for fermentation and barrel aging in order to preserve its unique qualities. After selecting only the most elegant wines from specific barrels of the classic Bordeaux varietals, Elivette is blended to become the finest expression of the Spring Mountain Vineyard.

An effusive marriage of fruit and floral aromas dominate the nose of this signature release. The pungent perfume of raspberry, cranberry and red currant meld with the more ethereal essences of violet and lavender. The purity of these aromas is amply supported by the rich elements of cocoa, cassis and black tea that linger across the palate. The mouth feel is firm, but supple with refined and polished tannins, and the structure is one of balance and beauty designed for graceful maturation well into the next decade. Drink 2010 to 2025 or decant for 2 to 3 hours before service.