2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay
California: Napa Valley
The Food Friendliest
We are pleased to welcome Sempre Vive back to our pages!
Winner of a coveted Wine Spies Intrigue Award in 2012, Sempre Vive makes its comeback with its delightfully bright and exciting 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay. Built to be enjoyed with a wide assortment of dishes, this wine would shine with nearly any food - even more difficult or ‘non-traditional’ pairings like a loaded pizza or a fatty Prime Rib.
With high, bright citrus notes and a clean finish, this is a true food-lover’s Chardonnay.
Drinking beautifully now, we recommend that you save some for your fall and winter holiday entertaining.
Pale straw yellow with perfect clarity and a springy surface when swirled.
Fresh and light on the nose with young pear, light citrus, brioche and wet river rock. As the wine warms slightly, it reveals fresh lime leaf, vanilla and subtle orange blossom notes.
Very fresh and very bright, with citrus, under-ripe pear, under-ripe white peach, dried apricot, pineapple, green apple and flinty mineral.
Light, long, slightly drying and refreshing with persistent citrus.
Enjoy this very bright wine with a wide variety of foods, from an endive salad with pears and bacon to a variety of hard, strong cheeses. We’ll be enjoying ours with a roast chicken with fresh herbs and fresh mandarin slices.
What the Winery Says
2011 Sempre Vive Chardonnay
2011 was a cold year and tough on most varieties but Chardonnay did very well because of the flexibility in styles that it can do well. This 2011 Chardonnay is a non malolactic style with only a light oak touch, a charming and delicate wine with a drier finish.
The nose has fresh pineapple and lemon chiffon pie, with a hint of light vanilla. The palate is fresh, crisp, and bright with green apple fruit and again a light pineapple flavor. Finish is light and clean, encouraging the next step.
- Varietal composition
- Harvest Date
- September.28, 2011
- 327 cases
- Alison Green Doran
About the Winery
Our 37 year old vines lie south of nine acres of reservoir sandwiched between two forested knolls, leading to the geographical conditions that create hot days and cool nights and an extremely long hang time in our Calistoga vineyard. This allows our grapes to develop full flavors, deep color and intense complexity. Our thick gnarled old vines produce from their hearts.
Our oldest block of 16.5 acres was planted in 1971. The clone was unknown and so good that we have had it cleaned up and had Mother vines made at UC Davis and they are in the FPMS Block. Duarte’s Nursery is also keeping the majority of our Mother vines for us to make bench grafts in order to be able to replace our old vines as they may need replacing some day. We named the clone after our son, Albie Romeo who named our label.
Our grapes have an extremely flavorful bouquet because of a high skin to pulp and solid ratio to juice, our fruit gives extreme color, depth and complexity, with full bodied mouth feel. Sempre Vive means Always Alive and refers to our grapes. When the grapes are picked and crushed and made into wine they do not die, for wine is a living product as is cheese.