Animo by Michael Mondavi Heritage Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
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Animo by Michael Mondavi Heritage Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc
  • JS95
750ML / 13.9% ABV
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750ML / 13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

With aromas of freshly cut nectarine, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, the palate offers firm stone fruits of white peach and apricot alongside crisp mango. Subtle yet prevalent elements of French oak add a viscosity with hints of hazelnut to balance the fresh, razor-edge acidity.

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JS 95
James Suckling
A fantastic white with sliced pears, melon, white pear blossom and honeysuckle. Full-to medium-bodied, subtle and flavorful with a nod to great Bordeaux white. Complex and beautiful. Drink or hold.
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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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