The 15-acre Animo Vineyard sits high along the rugged Atlas Peak, on the eastern ridge of Napa Valley. Soils here are volcanic, thin and rocky, and Cabernet Sauvignon is this area’s signature variety.
Mondavi hand-harvests the fruit, de-stems, ferments in stainless, then ages the wine 20 months in mostly new French oak. The result is deep garnet and deeply perfumed, like inhaling a red tree fruit orchard spangled with violets: sweet currant, cassis, blackberries, plum skin. The attack is beautifully juicy, a shock of red and blue fruits segueing to supple, finely corrugated tannins.
This is food-loving Napa Cab with great refreshment. Pair it with rare beef, aged cheeses, game.
14.3% abv | $85 (sample)