2018 Mondavi Family Animo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Seeking vineyards that would form the foundation of his family estate, Michael Mondavi zeroed-in on a particularly rugged, Manzanita-dotted parcel high on Atlas Peak in the Vaca Mountain range of southeastern Napa Valley. As Michael surveyed the site with his family, his daughter Dina remarked, "Dad, this place has animo."
Animo is an Italian word for heart or spirit. In the family's experience, some vineyards have it, and some don't - a pervading spirit that presents the opportunity of producing something that is truly exceptional. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines at Animo are of the Clone 4 variety planted on 110R rootstock, producing structured fruit with ample tannins and acid to balance the concentrated dark fruit flavors.
About 1000 cases of this wine were produced from the Animo vineyard, located high atop Atlas Peak overlooking the Foss Valley, just 9 miles from Napa, Calif. The rocky, iron-streaked volcanic soil, indirect sun exposure, and variations in elevation of this vineyard help produce small, concentrated grapes with expressive character.
Wine Tasting Notes
The 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.
Wine Spectator, 92 points
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.
USA, California, Napa Valley, Atlas Peak
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
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