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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.

"This is very energetic with a creamy texture and a depth of fruit that is aided by a vertical line of acidity that takes you down. Steely and rich and the same time." - 96 Points - James Suckling

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SKU: 5029

The 2018 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. 

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SKU: 4974
 

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Black fruits of loganberry, boysenberry and plum mingle with salted heirloom olives, cigar box and fresh herbs create an exciting aromatic profile. Fine grain tannins present themselves throughout the front, middle and finish of this wine demonstrating the intrinsic mountain fruit harvested at optimal ripeness. While the aromatics suggest a fruitful mouth, the rocky soils provide a surprising counterpoint of silky minerality and flavors of fresh plums, firm blackberries and a classic semblance of cassis, suede and sandalwood.

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SKU: TGW-3158S

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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SKU: TGW-2904S