89 points~ Romeo Vineyards~ 2004 Sempre Vive, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley $80.
Deep, saturated ruby-garnet hue. Jammy blackberry and mineral aromas show lots of ripeness. A weighty entry leads a robust, full-bodied palate with supple tannins and very ripe fruit driven flavors. Lengthy, chocolatey finish. Drink now. (tasted on Jan-03-2007)
90% Petit Verdot / 10% 'Albie Romeo Old Vine' Clone Cabernet Sauvignon. I had intended to make a 100% Petit Verdot and it was nice. But it sang so much prettier when I added 10% of our 'Old Vine' Cabernet Sauvignon to it that we made it a 90/10. It is a feminine Petit Verdot! Denmon Moody tasted in August 2007 in Houston and said it was the best Petit Verdot he had tasted in 28 years! Only 315 cases made. $80~750ml, $45 ~ 375ml
SEMPRE VIVE ~ 2003 'MISCELA'
90 points~ Romeo Vineyards~ 2003 Sempre Vive Miscela, Napa Valley $75.
Saturated blackish-ruby hue with a purple edge. High toned, minty cassis aromas have a lavish oak influence. A rich entry leads a full-bodied palate with fruit-driven, cordial like flavors. Very ripe through the lengthy, oak-tinged finish. A flashy show style. Drink now. (tasted on Jan-03-2007)
Nicknamed by the customers, "The fruit bomb" slightly spiceier in 2003 than 2002 but not really a spicey wine.
BR<>California Connieseuours Guide's April 6, 2007 edition found it to reminisencent of a fine old Merlot of the 19th Century, but it has no Merlot in it! $75 ~ 750ml, $40 ~375ml
Romeo Vineyards ~ SEMPRE VIVE ~ 'EUGENIA'
92 points~ Romeo Vineyards~ 2003 Sempre Vive Eugenia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $75.
Deep garnet color. Sweet cassis, celeriac, and sweet pickle aromas follow through to a supple, fruity medium-full body of cassis jam, pickling spice, and oily minerality. Finishes with a long fruity and spicy fade with balanced tannins. Beautifully fruity and well structured with intriguing aromatics. (tasted on Jan-30-2007)
$75 ~750ml, $40 ~ 375ml
2003 Romeo Vineyards~ SEMPRE VIVE 'Albie Romeo Ol
95 points~ Romeo Vineyards~ 2003 Sempre Vive, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blue Label, Napa Valley $75.
Deep garnet color. Berry tart, mocha, and creme brulee aromas. A rich, supple entry leads to a fruity-yet-dry full body of cassis jam, spices, and caramel custard flavors with a long tangy berry and cocoa fade and well integrated tannins. Very sexy and precisely structured enjoyment now or in the future. (tasted on Jan-30-2007) NICKNAMED BY THE CUSTOMERS ~ 'CANDY'! No risidual sugar but the alcohol throws so sweet the palate is fooled into thinking it is there. Grown in the vineyard not manipulate in the lab. $75 ~750ml, $40 ~375ml
Sempre Vive Miscela 2002 $80
92 points~ Romeo Vineyards & Cellars~ Rich and spicy aroma with sage and red-rose palate. Balanced andmouth coating with lovely briary flavors and long evolved tannins, with an almost sweet finish to a completely dry wine! Can match stuffed pork chops, lamb curry, pot roast or BBQ as well as the usual bold beefs. But is equally quaffable alone or with subtler dishes.
Has earned 2 Silver Medals & 5 Gold Medal since its Valentine's Day release February 14, 2005. 325 cases produced. $45 @ 375 ml, $80 @ 750 ml Large format available -price upon request.
Miscela 2002 has been nicknamed 'The fruit bomb by our customers' When you taste it you will know why!. $80 ~ 750 ml , $45 ~ 375ml Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Volume 31 Issue 6: April 2007
The ripest and most opulent wine of the Sempre Vive trio from 2002, this sweet, mildly plummy effort is fit with juicy, cherry-like fruit that recalls a fine Merlot of the 19th Century, and it takes on added richness by way of its grippy tannins that come in at the finish to prove it is no push over.
Sempre Vive Cabernet Sauvignon Eugenia 2002 $80
An aroma of elegant cedar 'fur-coat' but with fruit. Very balancedon the palate with rich blackberry and cedar flavors. Long and silky and quite drinkable for its age. Good with rare and juicy steak,as well as bolder dishes. 'Eugenia' offers the best that Cabernet Sauvignon has to give.
Has earned several Silver Medals and mulitiple Gold medals since its Valentine's Day release on February 14, 2005. 325 cases produced.
$45 @ 375 ml, $80 @ 750 ml , Large format bottles avaiable, price upon request.
2002 Eugenia has been dubed by the wine writers 'The Cab lover's dream.' If you love Cabernet Sauvignon you will love Sempre Vive 'Eugenia'
BR<>Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Volume 31 Issue 6: April 2007
Introduced in the nose by a complex combination of caramel, currants, milk chocolate and minerals, this still developing, solid, impressively stuffed youngster follows with like-minded flavors that key on well-extract
Sempre Vive Cream Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 $50
The nose has nicely evolved aromas of plum and cedar with deeper black cherry notes. The palate has a restrained entry of rich push plum mid-palate finishing with explosions of cherry jam and serious oak.
480 cases produced.
This has been nicknamed our 'Zinny' Cab as it dirinks like a Zin but has no Zinnfandel in it! 23% of Our Petit Verdot and 77% Cabernet Sauvignon Clone #7
$50 @750 ml BR<> Nicknamed, 'The Zinny Cab', drinks like a Zin, but has no Zin in it!?!
Sempre Vive Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
The ' Albie Romeo Old Vine' Clone has an elegant nose of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is full bodied but balanced and smooth on the palate. The Old Vine Cab can be matched with almost any food and is especially lovely enjoyed on its own.
"Old Vines Make Elegant Wines".
Has earned 5 Gold Medals since its Valentine's Day release on February 14, 2005. 750 cases produced. $75 @ 750 ml, $40 @375ml
BR<> Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Volume 31 Issue 6: April 2007
Leaning slightly to ripeness and buttressed by lots of sweet oak, this very open, easy-to-taste wine is well filled with fairly deep black-cherry fruit and firmed with modest structural tannins. It is not in danger of fading away anytime soon, but it presents itself nicely right now and will make a thoroughly likeable partner to juicy steaks in the near term.
Sempre Vive Cabenet Sauvignon 1998 $95
1998 was an unusual season, but in our vineyard with its overhead water protection the late spring frost did no damage to our vines nor to our crop. It was a fantasy winter wonderland of iced-over chilliness but the fruit progressed more slowly than the 1997 vintage. The lovely Indian Summer of our Fall developed excellent flavors and our usual harvest brix of 23.5 was approaching by late October. 6-8 more weeks of hang time produced a full bodied, complex wine, with dark red color and a cassis fruit. It has been picked as a 1997 in 3 out of 4 blind tasting. It is that good! This was a very cool vintage year and has outdone out glorious 1997 and is still purple! We had frost in the vineyard and the clusters were completely encased in ice, losing no grapes and protecting them from damage. Harvest was not until November in 1998! Let this beauty breath for 24 to 36 hours and she will unfold and show her beauty and fruit, for a cool vintage year does not sh ow its fruit for a long time. Just starting to show now.
Sempre Vive Cabenet Sauvignon 1997 $100
"A dark red color... with an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cherry fruit aroma..., good barrel nose.... Pallatte: Full body and balance in the mouth ... black cherry varietal flavor and fruit. A 9 out of 10..." -Demetri Tchelistcheff
Released November 2004. 240 cases produced. 100% unfiltered / unfined 'Albie Romeo Old Vine Clone' 2005 Los Angeles County Fair Bronze Medal Winner. $100 @ 750 ml
Considered one of the best 97s made and has not even gone Brick yet! Open it and let it breath for 24-36 hour and it will unfold and show you its beauty for it is that tightly wound.
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