2012 Sempre Vive | Blue Heron | Bordeaux Red Blend | Napa Valley

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      • Winemakers Notes: On the nose, complex and interesting aromas of plum, blueberry and cedar. So easy to drink with plum jam and 5 spice flavor. Smooth and lively, the second glass goes down just as easy as the first.

        • Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
        • Appellation: Napa Valley, California
        • Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Merlot & Cabernet Franc 
        • Vintage: 2012
        • Production: 286 cases
        • Aging: 18 Months in New and 1x Used French Oak
        • Drink: Enjoy Now-2022
      • 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 Gordon Ramsay's Beef Wellington. Click HERE for the Recipe
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        • 96 Points,Master Sommelier, Catherine Fallis, aka Grape Goddess: Expressive, concentrated old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon, a rarity in Napa Valley, is blended with a bit of juicy, spicy Petit Verdot here. The result is a well-structured, classy Napa Cab with a bit of mysterious side. The wine is medium-plus in body with notes of cherry, cassis, plum, prune, fig, date, black licorice, white mushroom and cedar. Oak tannins are firm but supple, and integrate well with bold dark fruit, espresso and maple bacon notes especially on the long blueberry compote finish.
        • 95 Points,“Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer, @sawyersommelier: In Napa Valley, the ability to capture the sense of place in a bottle is not an easy task. For starters, the vineyard has to be in a unique place, where the conditions are ideal for growing the grapes used in the blend. Secondly, the process of aging the wine in oak must be in balanced in order to let the fruit shine instead overshadowing it. A tasty new example of this magnificence is the Sempre Vive 2012 Red Wine, an elegant Bordeaux-style blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot grapes grown at the Blue Heron Vineyard. Located between Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail near Calistoga, this special site is highlighted by warm days, cool nights, and a mixture of volcanic and alluvial soils. Vibrant, young and flavorful, this new release features sexy aromas of bright red fruits mixed with black fruits, cola, and spice. On the palate, the wine expands with elegant notes of black raspberry, fresh currants, cherry, cassis, milk chocolate, wild mountain herbs, and a balanced hint of oak on the long, graceful finish. Filled with depth and composure, the wine continues to open up in the glass. For that reason, it’s an ideal wine to pair with everything from appetizers like tangy cheeses, charcuterie, stuffed mushrooms and mini Beef Wellingtons; to comfort foods like gourmet pizzas, fresh pasta, and pork tenderloin with rosemary; all the way to more substantial undertakings like hearty stews, braised meats, and slow-roasted lamb shank.

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