94 Insider Points
Loads of earthy complexity once again with this wine, tobacco, manzanita and sage, ripe plum on the nose. In the glass we have big lush fruit, boysenberry compote, Fig and earthy dried fruit leather like texture on this big wine. Long finish highlighted by black currant vanilla bean, and clove. This highly concentrated vintage and wine will cellar for more than a decade but will be quite nice now with healthy amount of time in a decanter. Drink and Hold over the next 10-20 years. -DZ 3/17
This is thrilling: first access to the stunning Napa Cab from one of our favorite producers and consistent sell-out. This dream of a cab from the "stunning" 2015 vintage is dark and concentrated and shows off its luscious side. You can thank our Sourcing Team once they’re done celebrating this outstanding lot!
Reasons we love it:
- "2015 is shaping up to be a vintage of opulent, voluptuous wines with real personality and character", writes Vinous. The smaller than usual crop offered up superb fruit with deep color, powerful aromatics, and the kind of character that Sempre Vive loves to capture in a bottle!
- Small town goodness: Frank and Gena Romeo thought their idyllic corner of Calistoga would make a perfect vacation spot. Little did they know that their piece of paradise in this small Napa town held the promise of world-class wine. The Romeo’s dedicate themselves to their vines and stewardship for the microclimate and environment that make their Cabernet Sauvignon standout from the rest.
- It’s damn tasty: Concentrated and rich, this lusty Cab delivers blackberries, graphite, and smooth-like-velvet tannins. It’s all-star Cab and you’ll love it now and for years to come!
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon highlights blackberry, dried blueberry and violet with notes of graphite and cloves followed by opulent layers of black currant jam, roasted coffee, tobacco, dried fig and vanilla bean. A full-bodied, deeply concentrated wine with supple tannins and a lengthy finish.
From Romeo Vineyards & Cellars...
Our 37 year old vines lie south of nine acres of reservoir sandwiched between two forested knolls, leading to the geographical conditions that create hot days and cool nights and an extremely long hang time in our Calistoga vineyard. This allows our grapes to develop full flavors, deep color and intense complexity. Our thick gnarled old vines produce from their hearts.
As we were in the process of purchasing our property in Calistoga, a Blue Heron was shot and killed by poachers. It was a male Blue Heron, and his mate returned to our pond late every afternoon in search of her mate. Blue Heron mate for life and she searched for 2.5 years to find a new young male to replace her brutally killed former life mate. We named our newly acquired vineyard Blue Heron after the deceased original Blue Heron male killed by poachers of our pond. We no longer have to worry about poachers and our Blue Heron pair have continued to nest yearly on our knoll. They argue a bit with the Egret which also nests here as well. Red Hawks also use our fully forested native knoll to bed. Red Kit Foxes and a Cougar have also called our piece of rural heaven home as well as Deer and Jack Rabbits. Our pond is naturalized and supports Large Mouth Bass and fresh water Perch as well as native turtles, Crayfish and Leopard Frogs along with Bull Frogs. We also have an Abundance and variety of Dragon and Damsel Flies of unusual coloring from blue, orange and tan and leopard spotted of all these colors.
Our oldest block of 16.5 acres was planted in 1971.
The clone was unknown and so good that we have had it cleaned up and had Mother vines made at UC Davis and they are in the FPMS Block. Duarte's Nursery is also keeping the majority of our Mother vines for us to make bench grafts in order to be able to replace our old vines as they may need replacing some day. We named the clone after our son, Albie Romeo who named our label. Nine Acres of unplanted flat land we planted and have had three years of grapes from these vines. We planted these with three acres of Cabernet Sauvignon clone #337, three of Cabernet Sauvignon #7 and three acres of Petit Verdot. They were dry farmed with only overhead frost protection. Our vines look like little old men, bent and gnarled. We have hot days in Calistoga, but cool nights, made cooler by nine acres of reservoir water North West of us that cools the night further and faster. Sometimes the temperature may drop 30 to 40 degrees once the sun goes down and there is a breeze blowing from the North or Northwest. Often we have early morning fog, even in the summer, but it usually burns off by 9:30 or 10 am. The earlier it dissipates, the hotter the day we can expect. Our grapes have an extremely flavorful bouquet because of a high skin to pulp and solid ratio to juice, our fruit gives extreme color, depth and complexity, with full bodied mouth feel. Sempre Vive means Always Alive and refers to our grapes. When the grapes are picked and crushed and made into wine they do not die, for wine is a living product as is cheese.
This Cabernet Sauvignon loves grilled dishes, as the charred nature of the meat mirrors the edginess of the tannins in the wine.