20 Ratings
Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette

Winemaker's Notes

Our 2002 vintage Elivette is a deeply hued blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The aromas are a heady complexion of raspberries, blackberry jam and dark chocolate with nuances of kola and dark spices. Over 22 months of aging in French oak has softened the tannins and shaped the wine into a lush and textural delight. Loaded with a concentration of jammy fruit and hints of black licorice, it is an opulent expression of our Bordeaux varieties as they come to full ripeness on the slopes of Spring Mountain. The full bodied and redolent nature of this wine begs to be enjoyed immediately, read more...but its shape and structure describe a wine that won’t reach its peak for another 10 years. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    When Jac Cole came to Spring Mt. in rsquo;01 he blended the selection from 110 vineyard blocks within the estatersquo;s three contiguous vineyards. The blend of the best lots is mostly Cabernet with 8% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. My first notes on this wine were all about structure: its refinement, balance and harmony. And when leads with complete integration, its bound to be good. Slowly, over the course of a day this opens to a spiciness 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.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    81% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Franc. The spotlight here is on extract and ripeness and size, but in the midst of all of its swagger, this heady wine surprisingly shows a saving sense of extracted curranty fruit. There is no shortage of very rich oak in either its aromas or very dense, dark-chocolate flavors, and its tannic finish is hotter than needs be, but all but the faint of heart will find inviting virtue in its brash, no-holds-barred personality.
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    This is a big boy that needs some time and air! This very dark purple wine opens with a very fragrant spicy black current like bouquet. On the palate, this full bodied wine is round, has good acidi...