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Animo

"This vineyard has always been a special place. Even before the vines were planted, I saw the way my dad looked at the land and I knew amazing wines would be made here some day." ~Dina

The Animo Vineyard in the Foss Valley subzone of the Atlas Peak AVA is situated in the southeastern quadrant of Napa Valley.  The 15-acre vineyard rises from an elevation of 1,270 to 1,350 feet and features rolling hills and varied exposures. Atlas Peak's stony, volcanic terroir supplies structured Cabernet Sauvignon from a temperate, high elevation zone of Napa Valley that soars above the fog that regularly blankets the southern reaches of the valley. The Animo Vineyard provides fruit for the Animo Cabernet Sauvignon.

Under the same label is the Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc. In 2006, Michael Mondavi Family Estate acquired Sauvignon Blanc vine cuttings from Oakville’s To Kalon Vineyard, which is thought to be the oldest surviving Sauvignon Blanc material in North America. When the new vineyard was planted, Michael Mondavi Family Estate selected the same rootstock and trellising used in the 19th century to further preserve the historical method of grape growing and the remarkable living history of the plant genetics.

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for Animo are grown in its namesake vineyard, a high-elevation site in the Atlas Peak district of Napa Valley. Deep and luscious, Animo is a modern, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon which retains a genuine, built-to-last mountain character. The structured fruit with ample tannins and acid balance the concentrated dark fruit flavors of plum, currants and ripened black cherry.

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Aromas of freshly cut nectarine, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass.The palate offers firm stone fruits of white peach and apricot, with cut green mango. Subtle yet prevalent elements of French oak add a viscosity with hints of hazelnut, balancing the fresh and razor-edge acidity.

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Grafted from cuttings onto St George root stock, the vines have been head trained in the classic style. We believe the heritage of the plant material to be a direct import from the Loire, brought to California over 100 years ago, due to the vibrancy and character of the fruit and finished wine.  We may never know the exact origin, yet we understand the remarkable style and quality of this historical Sauvignon Blanc.  

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SKU: TGW-3709