A classic, estate grown, mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced from our 19th-century La Perla vineyard at 1,600 feet in the Spring Mountain District
A pure expression of Spring Mountain terroir from a Cabernet Sauvignon house established in 1968
A Cabernet Sauvignon that is approachable now yet notably age-worthy
In 1873, the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted on Spring Mountain. The vineyard was named La Perla, and today, it is the crowning jewel of our estate and a consistent source of fruit for Elivette, our signature red wine. At 1,600 feet above the valley floor, La Perla is a magical mountainscape of terraced slopes, grassy meadows and stands of virgin redwoods. The vines are a mix of stately 60-year-old, head-trained California Sprawl and vines planted in the 1990s. Your one-of-a-kind Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies classic Spring Mountain terroir. Delivering an abundance of intensely flavored red and black fruit, perfumed with aromas of forest floor and spice. A velvety mid-palate is shaped by fine-grained tannins into a structural wine with grace and style. Approachable now, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon will age for 20 or more years.
Single vineyard wine
Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Spring Mountain Vineyard
Susan was born in the Australian island state of Tasmania. Her early years were spent on a cattle and apple farm where she developed a lifelong love of the land. She began her winemaking career in Australia at such properties as Pipers Brook and Morrilla Estate in Tasmania, and Yarra Ridge Winery in Victoria, after post graduate study in enology & viticulture in Canterbury, New Zealand.
Her fascination with California winemaking blossomed after she worked a harvest in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. She took the helm at MacMurray Ranch in 2003 with responsibility for winemaking and vineyards. Susan comes to SMV from Diageo Chateau & Estates Wines where she was Director of Winemaking and Innovation for all domestic and international brands.
Country born: Australia
Education: Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and post graduate study in enology & viticulture in Canterbury, New Zealand.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Susan sees winemaking as both science and art.
"The science is to know what you are doing. The art is to know when to allow terroir to speak."
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