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2009 Sempre Vive Miscela Red Blend

2009 Sempre Vive Miscela Red Blend Napa Valley, California

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Amongst 1st Women Winemakers in CA | Only 252 Cases Produced

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot & Malbec

“Sempre Vive,” Latin for “always alive”—is a fitting nod to our eternal love of wine and its everlasting place in our everyday lives. After a crushing couple of weeks in California’s Wine Country, as we watched so many homes, businesses and vineyards destroyed by fires, this winery’s name have never meant more.

“When the grapes are picked and crushed and made into wine, they do not die, for wine is a living product.” This is Sempre Vive and its parent winery Romeo Vineyards’ reigning philosophy. Their 2009 Miscela, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, is 18 years young and shows no sign of peaking anytime soon! The wine was sourced from 40-year-old vines in Calistoga, from a Calistoga vineyard planted 40 years ago by Jim Barbour, one of California’s top vineyard managers. Barbour planted vineyards for Hundred Acre and Grace Family among many other top names. The wine was made by another superstar in the business—winemaker Alison Doran, a student of the legendary André Tchelistcheff.

Still juicy and vibrant, this purely California take on the Claret style offers fragrant berry and cedar notes, a touch of exotic spice and a bright floral element from the estate-grown Petit Verdot. Free Shipping on orders of 4+ bottles.

Four reasons we love it:

  • The 2009 vintage earned 94 points from Parker’s Wine Advocate for the Bordeaux varietals. 2009s are characterized by elegant tannins and lots of defined fruit flavors, tannins, and structure. These are not fruit bombs, and the best of the 2009s showed a degree of concentration that benefited from a handful of years in the cellar.
  • Proprietors Frank and Gena Romeo bought this pastoral property as a vacation spot, only dimly aware of its potential for producing world-class wines. Aside from their dedication to the vine, the Romeos are staunch environmentalists and absolutely devoted to this little corner of Calistoga.
  • The microclimate at this vineyard is noted for dramatic nighttime temperature drops. In the summer months, temps can often range from 90+ at midday and plummet to the 50s at night.
  • Alison Green Doran is one of America’s first superstar women plying the trade. Doran broke through the vinous glass ceiling way back in the 1970s thanks to her considerable talent and her tutelage under world-renowned André Tchelistcheff.

The wine has a nice warm nose, with wild cherry and violets, punctuated by hints of cumin and watermelon. The palate is an easy drinking medium bodied wine, where the fruit follows the nose with wild cherry and dark plum, still some cumin, and a smooth finish.

*CellarThief maintain excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.

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.

Good match with red meat, game, poultry and also with cooked cheese or delicate cheese that's not too loud.

Wine Ratings

94 Insider Points

94 Points - Cellar Tracker Average

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