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2011 Spring Mountain US Red Blend "Elivette"

Winery: Spring Mountain

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Elivette"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, & 10% Petit Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $125

Cases produced: 2,221

KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: January 9, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored red blend opens with a red plum and red currant bouquet. On the plate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. (not complex) The flavor profile is a gentle red plum with notes of strawberry licorice and gentle oak. I also detected hints light red raspberry. The finish is dry and its medium tannins are sticky, but do not get in the way. This wine is ready to be consumed. You should decant it and enjoy it with a New York strip steak. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Evocative aromas of pure Cabernet, red cherry and brambleberry meld with holiday spice, dark chocolate and caramel. The entry is rich, the plentiful dark fruit gently shaped by round tannins and enlivened by bright acidity into a complete, balanced wine. There is a powerful density to the mid-palate that resonates and leads to a lingering finish. The elegance of this vintage of Elivette makes it a lovely food companion. Delightful now, but a few years of cellaring will reveal its ultimate beauty. Drink 2014 to 2029.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Spring Mountain 2011 Elivette.

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