2011 Sempre Vive Blue Heron Vineyard Red Blend
California: Napa Valley
Blues for Montelena
The historic Chateau Montelena long-sourced fruit from today’s Blue Heron Vineyard in the heart (and heat) of the Calistoga, Napa Valley. Sempre Vive serves up a Bordeaux inspired blend from the old vineyard at a very friendly price. It’s ideal for drinking over the next five years. Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis rated it 96 points.
“Named after a Blue Heron that was lost as the property changed hands, this seductive Meritage-inspired blend of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot is beautifully balanced and complex with notes of cassis, black morello cherry, kirschwasser, strawberry jam, medjool date, fig paste, sugar cookie, vanilla bean ice cream, pink rose, moss, herbs de province, cumin, clove, glazed ham, pork rind, graphite and cigar box. It is elegant, juicy, layered and rich with a soft, supple creamy palate that showcases finely-grained tannins towards the finish.” - Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier
Saturated ruby. Opaque.
Dark berry, mocha, pipe tobacco, and a pinch of spearmint.
Deep and satisfying, but not too heavy. Precise varietal nuances expected of a high quality, classically composed Bordeaux blend: pencil shavings, cedar, black plums, mulberry, and a baker’s chocolate. Great Napa Valley character!
Smooth and polished. The deep fruit picks up some of oak spicing on the palate with a chocolate-encrusted exhale. So tasty!
A grilled flank steak doesn’t get much better. It doesn’t demand that you have meat, but it sure does work well with Cabernet and Co.
What the Winery Says
- Varietal Composition
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
- Napa Valley
- Oak Treatment
- 16 months in 20% new Seguin Moreau French Oak
- Alcohol Content
- Alison Green-Doran