97pts - On the nose, elegant Cassis and flowery hyacinth. On the palate, Graceful and appealing rather than the brawny Petite Verdot, is has a sweet graham cracker and sandalwood entry but with a core of dark cassis and milk chocolate with a long finish.
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
- Appellation: Napa Valley, California
- Varietal: Petite Verdot & Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage: 2009
- Production: 450 cases
- Aging: 18 Months in New and 1x Used French Oak
- Drink: Enjoy Now-2025
Alison Doran: Raised in Palos Verdes with plenty of horses and surfing, 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 Andre Tchellistcheff as a consultant soon after. By working as a harvest intern beside Andre for 6 months at Simi in 1973, Alison found both her lifes work and her mentor. Andre found her a 5 month Stagaire position in Alsace for the crush of 1975, and then an enologist position with start-up Hoffman Mountain Ranch 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 tech, she worked her way to bottling supervisor and then to cellar master, and then in 1981, to winemaker. With the pioneering spirit of the Firestone Family, their commitment to quality, and the ideal climate and soils around the vineyard, many award winning wines were made. The Firestones generosity and balanced life style made for a special and stable platform for understanding the long term influences of vineyard management on winemaking. Alison became well acquainted with how to pull maximum potential for wine quality from a vineyard site. Alison married Mark Doran in 1994 and now has 2 young sons. She left the Firestone Vineyard in 2000, moving back to the family ranch and vineyard in Alexander Valley. She now has several select clients in Napa and in Sonoma, who want to approach site specific winemaking with exuberance and intensity.
- Pair with rich cuts of red meat, well-aged cheese (like Stilton) or wild game. Barbecue, beef stew, roasted rack of lamb and game birds all stand up well to the rich appeal of Petit Verdot.
97 points. - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis aka grape goddess® - www.planetgrape.com
Sempre Vive Petit Verdot Napa Valley, Pretty, inviting, and intense, with notes of dark, earthy Ghana chocolate, cherry cobbler, boysenberry, mulberry and strawberry jam, maple syrup, molasses, beef stew, vanilla, Sambuca and spearmint, this complex, layered and rich red wine is full and round on the palate with the intense tannins expected of this varietal. Layers of silk and juicy acidity weave in and out, bringing balance, and the finish is a mouthwatering infusion of blackberry and dark chocolate with a back note of tar.