Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, California

Our vineyard, with its stony, volcanic terroir, sits atop Atlas Peak at an elevation between 1,270 to 1,350 feet and is located at the edge of a steep canyon which overlooks the town of Oakville. The site, which was purchased and planted in 1999 by the Michael Mondavi Family is predominantly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clone Four variety grafted on 110R Rootstock.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon offers a harmonious aromatic balance of rich dark fruit, stems of roses, and earthy forest floor. The juicy entry offers a round, silky mouthfeel with just enough acidity to complement the satin texture. This seductive wine shows flavors of black cassis, black cherry and a hunt of cocoa powder. The fine-grained, plush tannins evolve into a long, supple finish.

February 2018 saw abundant rains, follows by lots of sunny days in spring and early summer. Both bud break & flowering occurred a bit later in the season, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for our winemaker to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. We began harvesting our Animo Vineyard on October 10th completing with our final pick date of October 20th.

The grapes came into the winery early in the morning and were gently transferred into our Pellenc de-stemmer, known as one of the most precise and gentle tools in the winemaking process. The berries were then transferred into small tanks and allowed to for one day prior to commencing with fermentation. Press began and we opted for a short maceration time since the small, mountain berries naturally provide ample intensity of color, tannins, and texture. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels allowing the classic warmth of barrel aging to ensue.

BLEND: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot AGING: 20 months in French oak (50% new, 50% neutral) ALCOHOL: 14.6 %; TA 6.0 g/L; pH 3.70 CASES PRODUCED: 1,067

Our vineyard, with its stony, volcanic terroir, sits atop Atlas Peak at an elevation between 1,270 to 1,350 feet and is located at the edge of a steep canyon which overlooks the town of Oakville. The site, which was purchased and planted in 1999 by the Michael Mondavi Family is predominantly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clone Four variety grafted on 110R Rootstock.

Our vineyard, with its stony, volcanic terroir, sits atop Atlas Peak at an elevation between 1,270 to 1,350 feet and is located at the edge of a steep canyon which overlooks the town of Oakville. The site, which was purchased and planted in 1999 by the Michael Mondavi Family is predominantly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clone Four variety grafted on 110R Rootstock.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of cocoa nibs,turmeric, suede and broken mixed berries perfume the wine, while notes of fresh, red currant and blackberry nuances combine for a bright acidity that is followed by a rounded texture and nicely structured yet plush tannins. The 2016 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon is a generous wine, with complex and elegant layers of flavor.

The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions in the spring, continuing throughout the summer and fall. The first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August, and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, the vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness and expression.

The grapes came into the winery early in the morning and were gently transferred into our Pellenc de-stemmer, known as one of the most precise and gentle tools in the winemaking process. The berries were then transferred into small tanks and allowed to for one day prior to commencing with fermentation. Press began and we opted for a short maceration time since the small, mountain berries naturally provide ample intensity of color, tannins, and texture. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels allowing the classic warmth of barrel aging to ensue.

BLEND: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot AGING: 27 months in French oak (50% new, 50% neutral) ALCOHOL: 14.6 %; TA 6.0 g/L; pH 3.70 CASES PRODUCED: 970

Our vineyard, with its stony, volcanic terroir, sits atop Atlas Peak at an elevation between 1,270 to 1,350 feet and is located at the edge of a steep canyon which overlooks the town of Oakville. The site, which was purchased and planted in 1999 by the Michael Mondavi Family is predominantly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clone Four variety grafted on 110R Rootstock.

  • 92

    Points

    Wine Spectator , February 2022

    "A rich, plush style, with a wave of cassis, plum reduction, melted black licorice and smoldering tobacco notes that move in unison from start to finish, ending with a late tug of singed cedar. Drink now through 2032."

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  • 93

    Points

    James Suckling, May 2019

    "Although this is a dense and ripe Napa cabernet, there are hints of fresh herbs and blood oranges that lift the ripe blackberry, plum and citrus aromas. On the palate, the bitter-chocolate character is more discreet than in many modern-style wines and nicely sets off the generous fruit and supple tannins. The long, fresh finish is supported by restrained tannins. Drink or hold."

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  • 92+

    points

    Wine Advocate, September 2019

    "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Animo is deep garnet-purple colored and opens with a waft of cedar chest, giving way to notes of baked blackberries, crème de cassis, espresso and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it has taut, muscular fruit and a firm, rugged frame, finishing a little firm."

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2016 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 pts, James Suckling – Sell Sheet

2018 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 pts, Wine Spectator – Sell Sheet

2018 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintage Notes

2016 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon 93pts James Suckling – Sell Sheet

2016 Animo Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintage Notes

Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Non Vintage – Bottle

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