The 15-acre Animo Vineyard is planted in Atlas Peak’s stony, volcanic soil
Grows between 1,270 to 1,350 feet elevation, above the valley fogline, on the edge of a steep canyon
Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a small amount of Petit Verdot, also from Animo Vineyard
Aged for 20 months in 85% new French oak
Animo is an Italian word for "heart" or "spirit," and was chosen by my sister Dina as the name for the vineyard site where we recognized a dormant energy and great potential before it had ever been planted to vine. From the 15 acres of vines growing at 1,270 to 1,350 feet in rocky volcanic Atlas Peak soil, the grapes for this barrel selection are picked in multiple passes due to the vineyard's topographic variations in elevation and sun exposure, maximizing the mountain spirit expression in this elegant Cabernet.
Single vineyard wine
Rob Mondavi, Jr.
Winemaker, Michael Mondavi Family Estate
As a winemaker, I first consider myself as a wine drinker, asking what do I want to drink and what do my friends want to drink, and then I select the vineyards, fruit maturity and all winemaking decisions based on the desire to create mesmerizing wines for myself, friends and family.
Country born: United States
Education: A non-classic winemaking background at Santa Clara University, miscellaneous chemistry and winemaking courses, but best of all a lifetime of experience in the cellar and vineyards.
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
My philosophy encompasses the amazing roots my family has planted, yet roots are not enough. Finding new ways to create cutting-edge wines is key and it is important to go beyond the style of wines that my forefathers created. If not, I would be disappointed in myself for not stretching the limits, as I would not have embraced the heritage to excel that was provided by my family.