Animo by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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Animo by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Black fruits of loganberry, boysenberry and plum mingle with saltedheirloom olives, cigar box and fresh herbs create an exciting aromatic profile. Fine grain tannins present themselves throughout the front, middle and finish of this wine demonstrating the intrinsic mountain fruit harvested at optimal ripeness. While the aromatics suggest a fruitful mouth, the rocky soils provide a surprising counterpoint of silky minerality and flavors of fresh plums, firm blackberries and a classic semblance of cassis, suede and sandalwood.

Blend: 85.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.8% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
This wine, from the producer's estate vineyard on Atlas Peak, relies on the addition of nearly 15% Petit Verdot, which provides additional prettiness and power. Well structured and in balance, it imparts cedar, dried herb and pencil shavings as firm tannin and subtle oak play background roles. It is defined by a cool-climate sensibility of restraint and grace. Enjoy best 2022 through 2027. Cellar Selection.
JS 93
James Suckling
Beautiful, fresh nose of ripe strawberries, black cherries and plums with stony and herbal undertones. Medium to full body, concentrated soft and juicy tannins and a long, strawberry- and spice-like mocha finish. From 100% garnacha old vines. Better in 2018.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Animo, which comes from the Oso Vineyard, is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. This wine is backward for a 2012, with deep mulberry and blackberry fruit, some creosote, charcoal embers, and graphite. It is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and needs another 1-2 years of bottle age. It should certainly age nicely for 15 or more years. Rating: 91(+) Points.
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Animo by Michael Mondavi

Animo by Michael Mondavi

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Animo by Michael Mondavi, California
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Seeking vineyards that would form the foundation of his family estate, Michael Mondavi zeroed-in on a particularly rugged, Manzanita-dotted parcel high on Atlas Peak in the Vaca Mountain range of southeastern Napa Valley. As Michael surveyed the site with his family, his daughter Dina remarked, "Dad, this place has animo."

Animo is an Italian word for heart or spirit. In the family’s experience, some vineyards have it, and some don’t - a pervading spirit that presents the opportunity of producing something that is truly exceptional. An experienced vintner recognizes the dormant energy of such a site before it has even been planted, its potential evident in the raw material, from the soil to the curvature of the land and sun exposures.

Michael Mondavi sensed the potential of Animo at first sight, and the continually developing wines that are produced here have spirit to spare. The Animo Vineyard is planted to a mere 15 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines in soil composed of a relatively uniform rocky volcanic tufa infused with red streaks of iron. The vines climb from an elevation of 1,200 to 1,350 feet on the slope of Atlas Peak, overlooking Napa Valley. At this elevation, the grapes enjoy a protracted growing season, and harvest generally extends well into October. Variations in elevation and sun exposure require numerous picking passes at harvest time. The attention paid to each individual vine is reflected in the quality of the finished wine.

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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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