The Hedonistic Taster | № 30 | Animo 2015 Heritage Sauvignon Blanc | MMFE – Napa Valley

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!”


2015 Animo Napa Valley Heritage Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine:   Animo 2015 Napa Valley Heritage Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  14.4% 

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.

Rating: 91

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#Terroirist Tuesday: Part 2

 First Stop: Lower Loire Valley

Terroirist Tuesday© is baaack…when last we met, dear readers, binNotes had meandered from her usual ‘less-is-more’ text and ‘a picture IS worth a 1000 words’ graphics format, to an experimental ‘let’s drop y’all into the Middle Loire Valley and lull you to sleep with dull facts and even duller graphics ‘ albatross of an entry (…it SEEMED like a good idea at the time….)

Anyway…as they say in WBC12-Land: ‘be true to your voice’…so without further ado, binNotes bids you ‘Terroirist Tuesday’ – the timesuck-less version.

Terroirist Tuesday: Part 2 – The Lower Loire Valley

Bonus Question:

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The reader who correctly answers the most ‘Terroirist Tuesday’ quizzes through December 21, 2012 will win a bottle of  wine, hand-selected by binNotes, to enjoy on Armeggedon 2012. (Only 4 more months to oblivion…) Cheers!


Tasting Notes: Matthews Estate – Pitch Perfect

‘ I know never to take a wine for granted. Drawing a cork is like attendance at a concert or at a play that one knows well, when there is all the uncertainty of no two performances ever being quite the same. That is why the French say, ‘There are no good wines, only good bottles.” ‘ – Gerald Asher


Disclaimer:  The tech-savvy twitterati at Matthews Estate in Woodinville, WA. invited binNotes© to this special tasting.

Jim Rubstello, the Matthews Estate partner who graciously greeted our tasting party, didn’t plan on becoming a winery owner, but a restaurateur. Thankfully, his veer towards vines with partners Cliff & Diane Otis, and their collaboration with wine maker Aryn Morell, has established a beautiful symphony of pitch-perfect wines.

Hard to narrow down a favorite. The award-winning 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, a product of Matthews Estate’s renown concrete egg fermentation,  yields a clean, bright  pour for the patio.

The Blackboard Red provides an accessible table wine for any budget. BONUS: A portion of the proceeds from each bottle goes to fund K-12 teacher training through the Ackerley Foundation.

For the more experienced palate, the 2008 Columbia Valley Claret  delivers a refined red – soft, supple, with a gorgeous garnet hue.

Finally, the showy Tenor Wine series further burnishes Matthews Estate’s already acclaimed reputation. Of special note: the  2008 Tenor Merlot. Balanced, graceful, subtle  – a wine to savor.

Tout out to winery assistant Eric, who multi-tasked with aplomb a simultaneous Tenor tasting. Cheers!