Spring Mountain Vineyard

Elivette Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.3461 ratings
9.373 pro ratings
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Herbs, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Onion, Beans & Peas
Top Notes For
Jonathan Clark

Keystone

Keystone

Jan 9th, 2021
Shay A
9.3

A few fun 4th Friday wines from tonight.

I’ll be honest...this was very similar to the ‘09 Gruaud Larosse it shared the table with. Nice compliment. These Elivette’s have so much structure and can age for a good while, and while I’m sure this vintage is no different, it seemed much more approachable at a young age than previous vintages. Aromatically it shows potpourri, brambly fruits, some fig, and only a hint of leather. Dark core that is fairly soft, with blue and black fruits, pencil shavings, baked plum, dark chocolate and a very lengthy finish. Lots to like here.

A few fun 4th Friday wines from tonight.

I’ll be honest...this was very similar to the ‘09 Gruaud Larosse it shared the table with. Nice compliment. These Elivette’s have so much structure and can age for a good while, and while I’m sure this vintage is no different, it seemed much more approachable at a young age than previous vintages. Aromatically it shows potpourri, brambly fruits, some fig, and only a hint of leather. Dark core that is fairly soft, with blue and black fruits, pencil shavings, baked plum, dark chocolate and a very lengthy finish. Lots to like here.

Dec 28th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 5% Merlot, aged for 22 Months in new French oak. Deep Ruby with pronounced aromas of red and black fruits and notes of oak, rich cacao, spice with earthy mineral. On the palate flavors of blackberry, raspberry and ripe fig with some leather, tobacco, pepper and nutty earthy tones. Fine developed chewy tannins, good structure, long finish, ready to drink, has nicely developed tertiary flavors and aromas with great mouthfeel ending with earthy fruit character. Wonderful! Outstanding! Tasting Sample.

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 5% Merlot, aged for 22 Months in new French oak. Deep Ruby with pronounced aromas of red and black fruits and notes of oak, rich cacao, spice with earthy mineral. On the palate flavors of blackberry, raspberry and ripe fig with some leather, tobacco, pepper and nutty earthy tones. Fine developed chewy tannins, good structure, long finish, ready to drink, has nicely developed tertiary flavors and aromas with great mouthfeel ending with earthy fruit character. Wonderful! Outstanding! Tasting Sample.

Dec 3rd, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot & 1% Malbec, aged for 22 Months in new French oak, 1,960 cases made. Deep Ruby with developing aromas of black berry fruits, sweet spice and notes of blossom and oak. On the palate pronounced flavors of blackberry, black cherry and black plum, almost jammy, some sweet spice and cacao notes. Fine structured soft tannins, well integrated, long finish, ending with fresh fruit character, just starting to add some leather, nutty notes and oak. Outstanding, drinking well, beginning starting to develop some bottle age, but has a decade to go! Tasting Sample.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot & 1% Malbec, aged for 22 Months in new French oak, 1,960 cases made. Deep Ruby with developing aromas of black berry fruits, sweet spice and notes of blossom and oak. On the palate pronounced flavors of blackberry, black cherry and black plum, almost jammy, some sweet spice and cacao notes. Fine structured soft tannins, well integrated, long finish, ending with fresh fruit character, just starting to add some leather, nutty notes and oak. Outstanding, drinking well, beginning starting to develop some bottle age, but has a decade to go! Tasting Sample.

Dec 3rd, 2019
Ryan Wofford

Rich ripe fruit sliding down a Silk Road

Rich ripe fruit sliding down a Silk Road

Oct 6th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Another Wednesday Wine Committee in the books. Great hosting by @Bill Makens . 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine all served blind.

My co-red WOTD. Perfumed with sweet oak, candied black cherries and cocoa dusted dates. Youthful. Big structure in place but not overly gripping. Dusty covered blackberries, plum and peppercorn, showing a hint of leather. Gorgeous. I called this late ‘00s/early 2010 Napa Cab.

Another Wednesday Wine Committee in the books. Great hosting by @Bill Makens . 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine all served blind.

My co-red WOTD. Perfumed with sweet oak, candied black cherries and cocoa dusted dates. Youthful. Big structure in place but not overly gripping. Dusty covered blackberries, plum and peppercorn, showing a hint of leather. Gorgeous. I called this late ‘00s/early 2010 Napa Cab.

Sep 5th, 2019
Brad Bowles

Damn good wine, company, food, and service! This wine is peaking, with strong tannins balanced against dark fruit, mild tobacco and leather, and hints of citrus. This goes straight to my "Top 10 Best Bottles EVER" list.

Damn good wine, company, food, and service! This wine is peaking, with strong tannins balanced against dark fruit, mild tobacco and leather, and hints of citrus. This goes straight to my "Top 10 Best Bottles EVER" list.

7 people found it helpfulOct 4th, 2014
Rick Baumgarten

Sediment and tartrates so heavy that it impeded flow thru the neck. Tannins softened considerably and this became a rich, earthy, elegant full-bodied wine. Big but subtle fruit. Like a cross between Napa and Bordeaux.

Sediment and tartrates so heavy that it impeded flow thru the neck. Tannins softened considerably and this became a rich, earthy, elegant full-bodied wine. Big but subtle fruit. Like a cross between Napa and Bordeaux.

4 people found it helpfulSep 17th, 2013
Shay A
9.3

Notes are consistent with the ‘04 and ‘08 I’ve had in the last 2-3 months. Definitely the most Bordeaux like out of the lineup...saddle leather, bing cherry & pipe tobacco aromatics. Bay leaf, ripe black cherry and some mocha on the palate.

Notes are consistent with the ‘04 and ‘08 I’ve had in the last 2-3 months. Definitely the most Bordeaux like out of the lineup...saddle leather, bing cherry & pipe tobacco aromatics. Bay leaf, ripe black cherry and some mocha on the palate.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 23rd, 2019
Shay A
9.3

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

Called this Napa Cab. Sweet and ripe fruit core. Dark in the glass with a tinge of purple. A little surprised this is a mountain wine as the structure wasn’t as I would have thought, but this is drinking in its prime. There was some leather up front, but it was mainly blackberry, plum, fig, and an Andes dark chocolate mint finish. Wonderful.

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

Called this Napa Cab. Sweet and ripe fruit core. Dark in the glass with a tinge of purple. A little surprised this is a mountain wine as the structure wasn’t as I would have thought, but this is drinking in its prime. There was some leather up front, but it was mainly blackberry, plum, fig, and an Andes dark chocolate mint finish. Wonderful.

1 person found it helpfulJan 2nd, 2019