2006 Sempre Vive Napa Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Romeo Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Be quick, Operative!
Today’s Romeo Vineyards 2006 Sempre Vive Napa Valley Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic Cab that will likely sell out well before midnight (California wine country time). Sempre Vive wines have proven to be among our most popular - and at 56% off, this is an offer that most Operatives will find difficult to resist.
Most old vine wines that are sold in the US are Zinfandel. Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is more of a rarity. Old vines produce fewer grapes than young ones and those grapes that do grow on these vines impart a very distinctive character - and a real sense of terroir.
Today’s wine is a delicious, elegant, complex and ready to drink delight; we recommend that you decant in order to unleash its full potential.
Nearly perfectly diffuse crimson through and through, with just a hint of a lighter red ruby fringe.
A wonderfully balanced nose, with equal parts dark fruit, earth, and spice. Stewed plum and black cherry mingle with earthy notes of a fresh forest floor and an aged cigar box, rounded out by dark chocolate, sage, and baking spices.
Elegant and refined on the palate, with subtle dark fruit flavors of blackberry and plum delicately laid overtop hints of espresso bean, tobacco leaf, fresh berry bramble, rhubarb, and black pepper spice.
Once decanted and given a chance to breathe, this wine truly comes alive and is everything you’d expect from a Napa Cabernet - it’s refined, elegant, and absolutely classic in every way, with subtle tannins and a well structured finish.
We recommend a meal of slowly braised beef short ribs, served atop rosemary garlic mashed potatoes.
What the Winery Says
Our more than quarter-century old vines lie in the Napa Valley, south of 9 acres of reservoirs sandwiched between two Forest at Knolls. These geographic conditions led to hot days, 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. The vines live on in our wine…bud to flower to berry to wine…Sempre Vive!
- Alison Green Doran
- 94 Points - Catherine Fallis
- Napa Valley
- Vineyard Designation
- Romeo Estate Vineyard
- Cabernet Sauvignon
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.