The 2000 Vintage
While bud break occurred at the
expected time, the growing season was generally cool. Mid-season the
valley experienced a brief heat spell bringing some of the highest
recorded temperatures in Napa Valley history, with Calistoga registering
118 degrees. The average, valley-wide, was a blistering 113 degrees to
114 degrees Fahrenheit, though Spring Mountain was several degrees
cooler. A couple of days of rain in September gave the grapes the extra
kick to keep hanging and ripening and allowing the full natural flavors
to develop on the vine. In retrospect our only disappointment with the
2000 harvest was that it was too small.
The creation of Elivette is overseen by winemaker Jac Cole and
vineyard manager, Ron Rosenbrand, who capitalize on the diversity of
Spring Mountain's complex 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 Spring Mountain. The austere mountain soils yield
fewer than two tons of grapes per acre, yet the resulting wines reflect
intense varietal character, supple tannin structure and bright acidity.
To fully preserve the unique qualities of each block, the fruit from
each is kept separate for fermentation and barrel aging. 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.
About Spring Mountain Vineyard
Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 845-acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley
where austere soils produce extremely low yields of intensely flavored, long-lived wines. Only 225 acres
are planted to vine, representing 135 discrete vineyard blocks with multiple soil types, exposures and
microclimates. The privately owned estate is comprised of four historic vineyards first planted to vine in
the late 1800s. Only estate bottled wines are produced.