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
The small Romeo family vineyard in Calistoga has some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the Napa Valley It was purchased in 1996 by Frank and Eugenia ‘Gena’ Romeo. Motivated by a desire to create and live a lifestyle that represented the Romeo family’s entrepreneurial spirit, they began their journey to craft a legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Frank and Eugenia Romeo are deeply committed to protecting and preserving the natural state of their vineyard.
As a result, the artisan wines produced from the old vines, dating back to early seventies, reflect the unique and inspiring way in which the Romeo family lives – Sempre Vive!
Winemaker Alison Green Doran
Alison Green Doran was drawn into winemaking in 1973. Her father, Oil man and long time Alexander Valley vineyard owner, Russell Green, had bought the Simi Winery in 1969, and brought in Mary Ann Graff, the first woman winemaker anywhere to be hired from outside a family, as well as Andre Tchelistcheff, who had been the winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards for 35 years, as consultants soon after. By working as a harvest intern beside Andre and Mary Ann for 6 months at Simi in 1973, Alison found both her life’s work and her mentors.
Andre found her a 5 month “cellar rat” position in Alsace for the crush of 1975, and then an enologist position with a start-up winery in Paso Robles. After finishing her Fermentation Science degree at UC Davis, she began working for the Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1976. Starting as lab technician, she worked her way to bottling supervisor and then to cellar master, and finally in 1981, to winemaker. The fourth woman winemaker ever.
The Firestone Winery created many award winning wines during her tenure and Alison became well acquainted with how to extract maximum potential for wine quality from a vineyard site. Now a winemaking consultant with many clients in Napa, she has also started her own family label; Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards.
Romeo Vineyards produces elegant and enduring wines from forty-two year old vines, which reside south of a nine acre reservoir in Calistoga, California. Our vines lie 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.