Napa Valley, California
Here's a go-to for entertaining a mix of Old World and New World wine drinkers. This Sauvignon Blanc is the absolute definition of a crowd-pleasing, powerfully refreshing white. An almost Sancerre-like new release from Sempre Vive's old vines, crafted by the winemaker trained by "enologist of international renown” André Tchelistcheff, this is a white with character; sure to keep toasts coming from every corner.
Reasons we love it:
Small Production Masterpiece. Sempre Vive specializes in small production, limited quantity wines that have resulted in gold medals and high praise from the ciritics.
Tchellistcheff Prodigy. Winemaker Alison Green Doran was drawn into winemaking in 1973. Her father, Russell Green, had bought the Simi Winery in 1969, and brought in Andre Tchellistcheff as a consultant soon after—who quickly became Alison's close mentor.
Old Vines (37 Years in the Making). One of Sempre Vive's claims to fame is their "thick gnarled old vines," that are said to "produce from their hearts."
So Fresh & So Crisp. Having 100% stainless steel fermentation (and no malolactic) with a residual sugar level of just 0.28%, this small-lot, under-the-radar production has what its makers call “nerve”—and what we consider the purest expression of its terroir.
Crisp, bright, refreshing: three words that capture the essence this Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Lean and lively, the wine's low alcohol and balanced acid make for a totally engaging and pleasurable experience.
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.
Enjoy with summer salads, grilled vegetables, aromatic seafood dishes and fine asian cuisine.