2005 Sempre Vive Napa Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon • Romeo Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
We’ve come to expect great things from our friends at Romeo Vineyards, whose Sempre Vive wines have delighted our Operatives these last few years, but today’s wine goes above and beyond.
Today’s Sempre Vive 2005 Napa Valley Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is something of an aberration. A delicious, bold, delightful and very highly recommended aberration. You see, unlike Zinfandel vines, Cabernet Sauvignon vines tend to have a shorter lifespan and are commonly replanted after they stop producing large yields of grapes. Bigger per-acre yields mean more revenue for wineries. Three cheers to Sempre Vive for going for structure and elegance. This wine is smooth, but it still packs a lovely Napa Cab punch!
Our tasting panel just loved this wine and we offer it to you with great glee - and some urgency. At today’s low price, this wine may not last the day…
Dark and rich, with perfect clarity through the darker red heart of the wine.
Dark and bold with aromas that leap from the glass, led by blackberry, braised plum, blueberry and black cherry. These are closely followed by sweet tobacco, dried fall leaves, sweet spice and a hint of black pepper.
Bold and hearty on opening, this wine softens as it breathes. Flavors include rich mixed berry, black cherry, grilled fig, tobacco, spice, and dusty bramble.
Big, bold, long and chewy, with flavors that go on forever. The longer this wine is decanted before you enjoy it, the longer the finish will go - so be sure to decant for best results.
Enjoy this wine with a variety of bold dishes. We’ll be having our bottles with lamb chops with small potatoes and fresh rosemary.
What the Winery Says
“Sempre Vive” Always Alive!
Our more than quarter-century old vines lie in the Napa Valley, south of 9 acres of reservoirs sandwiched between two Forest at Knolls. These geographic conditions led to hot days, 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. The vines live on in our wine… bud to flower to berry to wine… Sempre Vive!
- Alison Green Doran
About the Winery
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.
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.
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.