2012 Michael Mondavi Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Animo

Year: 2012
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 91+
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
Price :

$85-$100 JUICE, WE KILL 'EM!!

85.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.8% Petit Verdot

"The 2012 Animo, which comes from the Oso Vineyard, is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. This wine is backward for a 2012, with deep mulberry and blackberry fruit, some creosote, charcoal embers, and graphite. It is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and needs another 1-2 years of bottle age. It should certainly age nicely for 15 or more years.

These are all wines under the Michael Mondavi moniker, made by his two children. There are some fascinating wines in this portfolio, especially a killer value for a Bordeaux blend called Emblem, but more on that later." (WA)

"A pretty and silky red with red currant, blackberry and hints of licorice. Full body, lovely texture. This has tannin tension and focus. A blend of about 85% cabernet sauvignon, rest petit verdot and merlot. Drink or hold." (JS)

"This wine, from the producer's estate vineyard on Atlas Peak, relies on the addition of nearly 15% Petit Verdot, which provides additional prettiness and power. Well structured and in balance, it imparts cedar, dried herb and pencil shavings, as firm tannins and subtle oak play background roles. It's defined by cool-climate restraint and grace. Drink from 2022–2027." (WE)

Winery Notes:
"This vineyard has always been a special place. Even before the vines were planted, I saw the way my dad looked at the land and I knew amazing wines would be made here some day." -Dina

The Animo Vineyard in the Foss Valley subzone of the Atlas Peak AVA is situated in the southeastern quadrant of Napa Valley. The 15-acre vineyard rises from an elevation of 1,270 to 1,350 feet and features rolling hills and varied exposures. Atlas Peak's stony, volcanic terroir supplies structured Cabernet Sauvignon from a temperate, high elevation zone of Napa Valley that soars above the fog that regularly blankets the southern reaches of the valley. The Animo Vineyard provides fruit for the Animo Cabernet Sauvignon.

Under the same label is the Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc. In 2006, Michael Mondavi Family Estate acquired Sauvignon Blanc vine cuttings from Oakville’s To Kalon Vineyard, which is thought to be the oldest surviving Sauvignon Blanc material in North America. When the new vineyard was planted, Michael Mondavi Family Estate selected the same rootstock and trellising used in the 19th century to further preserve the historical method of grape growing and the remarkable living history of the plant genetics.