||Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District |
||55% La Perla, 30% Chevalier, 12% Alba, 3% Miravalle|
||81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc|
||80% New French Oak Barrels|
||October 2002 |
||1,870 Cases |
Retail Price: $175.00
Wine Club Price: $140.00
Our 2002 vintage Elivette is a deeply hued blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The aromas are a heady complexion of raspberries, blackberry jam and dark chocolate with nuances of kola and dark spices. Over 22 months of aging in French oak has softened the tannins and shaped the wine into a lush and textural delight. Loaded with a concentration of jammy fruit and hints of black licorice, it is an opulent expression of our Bordeaux varieties as they come to full ripeness on the slopes of Spring Mountain. The full bodied and redolent nature of this wine begs to be enjoyed immediately, but its shape and structure describe a wine that won\u2019t reach its peak for another 10 years.
The 2002 Vintage
Heavy rainfall occurred in early winter followed by dry weather and bud break that occurred in mid-March with bloom 60 days following. Spring saw beautiful, mild weather followed by two heat waves in July. The mountain experienced some hot nights in September, which led to concentrated ripening, making 2002 an exceptional year for winemaking.
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
Originally four individual historic Napa Valley properties, Miravalle, La Perla, Alba, and Chevalier have now been combined to create an 850 acre estate of forest and vineyard on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain overlooking the small town of Saint Helena. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, creating 135 separate hillside vineyard blocks each with its own unique soil, exposure, and microclimate. The vineyard is planted in densities of 4,000 vines per acre and trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical trellising method that was invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans.