2009 Sempre Vive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
Under $20 for a 92 Point Napa Cab? You better believe it! Today’s Romeo Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunner on its own, but with today’s unbelievable price, this is truly a can’t miss opportunity.
The incredible balance of today’s wine really stuck with our tasting panel. Braised dark fruit sits in perfect harmony with hints of terroir and spice, resulting in a wine we just couldn’t put down. We paired ours with an Asian inspired dish of braised pork belly, but the structure and acidity of this wine make it a perfect companion for any number of dishes.
Sempre Vive means Always Alive, and with this in your glass, you’ll feel that moniker.
Great depth of color, from the dark scarlet core to the lighter ruby edges.
Wonderfully balanced and rich on the nose, this wine leads with notes of mixed dark berry compote, red currant, aged cherry wood and cured meat. As the wine opens up it reveals additional aromas of dried violets, dried fall leaves and black pepper.
Rich and dark on the palate, leading with braised plum, braised mission fig, cherry compote and subtle blueberry. These sit atop an earthy underlayer of stewed black fruit, dark spice and dark minerals.
Dark, braised fruits cling to the edges of the palate where grippy tannins and dark spice usher in a plush and drying finish. At the very end, hints of black pepper and dried blueberry make a lingering appearance.
Enjoy this dark and plush wine with a pork belly braised in a fresh lemon-infused soy sauce and served with oven roasted 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!
92 Point Review - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis This classic Napa Cab has inviting notes of black currant, plum, bing cherry, tobacco, oak spice and a background note of Margaux-like bell pepper. On the palate it is full bodied with rich cassis, fig, and earth notes, and has powerful and slightly chewy oak tannins and a long, juicy finish with notes of tobacco and spice.
- Alison Green Doran
- 92 Points - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Napa Valley, California
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.