Spring Mountain Vineyard

Elivette Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

9.3357 ratings
9.362 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
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.

Feb 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.

Jan 2nd, 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.

6 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.

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

Monthly WTF wine group meet up.

Dusty plum, charcoal, leather and cherry cordial on the nose; young and tannic! Needed a decanting. Older dark chocolate dusted dates, truffled mushroom and overripe blackberry. Drink up!

Monthly WTF wine group meet up.

Dusty plum, charcoal, leather and cherry cordial on the nose; young and tannic! Needed a decanting. Older dark chocolate dusted dates, truffled mushroom and overripe blackberry. Drink up!

1 person found it helpfulDec 12th, 2018
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.6

Tasted the 2004 a few weeks ago. Rating the same but this has slightly more fruit on the nose. A Bordeaux blend at its best. Both are well worth keeping a few more years. Definitely a wow wine.

Tasted the 2004 a few weeks ago. Rating the same but this has slightly more fruit on the nose. A Bordeaux blend at its best. Both are well worth keeping a few more years. Definitely a wow wine.

1 person found it helpfulJun 4th, 2017
Nicholas Livingston

80 CS, 9 PV, 7 M, CF 4 in a seamless whole at 9 years on...

80 CS, 9 PV, 7 M, CF 4 in a seamless whole at 9 years on...

1 person found it helpfulNov 15th, 2013
James Parker Huston, CWE

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

9.5

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Jun 18th, 2017
Henrik Poulsen

Bottle no. 20425 (of 29400)

As expected from this winery (and from this period) Brett is at the forefront.

Familiar with Brett and how it can affect wines over age (not necessarily in a negative way) I would opt to pop the cork and enjoy this over the next foreseeable future.

Bottle no. 20425 (of 29400)

As expected from this winery (and from this period) Brett is at the forefront.

Familiar with Brett and how it can affect wines over age (not necessarily in a negative way) I would opt to pop the cork and enjoy this over the next foreseeable future.

May 8th, 2017
Ron Haber

Elegant, with the tannins softening beautifully after 13 years.

Elegant, with the tannins softening beautifully after 13 years.

May 3rd, 2017