Voted Best Bordeaux Blend in the United States by the world’s leading wine professionals in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Competition.
Decanter Magazine 2013 World Wine Awards - REGIONAL TROPHY / GOLD MEDAL
"Sophisticated, spicy cassis aromas, with blackberry, blueberry and a herbaceous note. Voluptuous and aromatic with sweet black currants, fine tannins and freshness."
“Subtle black fruit and Christmas spice aromas expand on the palate. Beautifully balanced and elegant despite its mountain provenance. Wins points for subtlety and refinement.”September 2013, Linda Murphy, Decanter Magazine “Top Ten List - 2010 Napa Cabernets”
Decanter Magazine 2013 World Wine Awards - SILVER MEDAL
Spring Mountain Vineyard, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, United States
Judged by the world’s most experienced wine critics, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine, Spring Mountain Vineyard’s signature Bordeaux-style wine, Elivette was the only California wine to receive GOLD in Decanter Magazine 2010 World Wine Awards.
The only GOLD medal in California Spring Mountain Vineyard
"Impressive and highly perfumed on the nose. The palate has a sweet, rich entry with very fine tannins, the fruit is savoury and concentrated. It has a clean and refreshing finish with lingering length. From 2012 onwards."
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, United States"A dense nose, with hints of black cherry and a touch of oak. Suave, ripe tannins with big black fruits and powerful depth."
2007 Elivette. ... a wine that’s restrained and vinous rather than directly fruity, its supple, almost cushy tannins a relief for what might otherwise seem like cabernet severity (the way young Left-Bank Bordeaux can seem severe). Give this enough air and it plumps up to wild blueberry flavors and dark roast coffee tannins, fresh and elegant, holding structural refinement and length. This is the best vintage of Elivette we’ve tasted on release. June 2012
Check this out if you enjoyed the classic vintages of Gruaud-Larose: This is funky and complex, with the same kind of fat that St-Julien would boast (this does include a small amount of petit verdot, but it’s more likely the meaty funk that brings Gruaud to mind). Initially herbal and tight, this opens into a powerful complexity, the tannins almost lamby in flavor, the fruit a deep well of cassis. The 225 acres of vines at Spring Mountain Vineyard were originally planted in the 19th century by four separate owners, now providing a range of elevations and expositions for blending into this wine. (3,000 cases) Spring Mountain Vineyard, St. Helena, CA
A blend of cabernet sauvignon (91 percent) with franc and petit verdot, Elivette is winemaker Jac Cole’s primary selection from 60 parcels, most of them between 900 and 1200 feet in elevation. It’s richly textured Napa Valley red, focused on silken tannin and plump dark cherry fruit. There’s scents of herbs and mountain grown minerality to the tannin, layered under the equally dark extract from oak. This needs several years in bottle to fully mature. (3,500 cases) Spring Mountain Vineyard, St. Helena, CA. (Jushua Greene, W&S 7/11)
94 PointsMy first notes on this wine were all about structure: its refinement, balance and harmony. And when a wine leads with complete integration, it's bound to be good. Slowly, over the course of a day, this opens to a spiciness in the tannin, like black puer tea. The fruit remains tight, black as plum skin, but generous in its depth and texture. It all hangs together in a supple whole, to cellar for ten years or more. (W&S 6/04)
Toasty oak, coal smoke and plummy fruit aromas on the nose, followed by a fine-textured palate, with quite high alcohol and big tannins. March 2000