The Hedonistic Taster | № 30 | Animo 2015 Heritage Sauvignon Blanc – Michael Mondavi Family Estate | Napa Valley
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
Today’s Tasting: Animo 2015 Heritage Sauvignon Blanc – Michael Mondavi Family Estate | Napa Valley
Napa and Sonoma wineries are open for business, folks – as today’s trade sample proves.
“Animo” in Italian means ‘heart’ or ‘spirit’ – an apt descriptor for this wine, and the Wine Country community.
Michael Mondavi Family Estate represents ‘Old Growth’ Napa, a firmly rooted fourth-generation winery with a prestigious pedigree. In 1996, they purchased Animo vineyard atop Atlas Peak, and Heritage Block in 2006.
Farmed sustainably employing 19th century trellising, Heritage Block contains Sauvignon Blanc vine cuttings sourced from Oakville’s historic ToKalon vineyard, vines considered the oldest in North America, and directly traceable to Bordeaux’s famed Château d’Yquem.
Animo Sauvignon Blanc seamlessly blends this old world heritage with a new world indomitability. To paraphrase Shakespeare, “If wine be the music of love, pour on!”
Wine: Animo 2015 Napa Valley Heritage Sauvignon Blanc
Suggested Retail: $65 [6 barrels produced.]
Robe: Clear straw robe.
Nose: Gooseberry, citrus, cut grass aromas.
Palate: Aromas carry through on the bouche. Bright acids, medium-light body, medium finish.
Suggested Pairings: A classic sauvignon blanc clever enough to pair with shrimp skewers and Thai dipping sauce.
Learn more about The Michael Mondavi Family here.
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