A structured entry delivers a complex array of aromas including black cherry and cranberry fruit, baking spices, roasted meat, tobacco leaf, cola and floral notes.


The palate is textured, serving up flavors of chocolate, cherries, mocha and spice. In its youth, decant 1 to 2 hours before service for full enjoyment.

Growing Conditions

The cool, late 2010 growing season gave our red Bordeaux varieties bright and pure varietal character. If history is a guide, we expect the wines to be long-lived and more Bordeaux-like than Californian in profile. The Spring Mountain Vineyard experienced a third year of very low yields. The red Bordeaux varieties that comprise the Elivette and Cabernet Sauvignon labels averaged about 1 ton per acre. Normal yield is approximately 1.5 to 2 tons per acre.


September 2012


22 Months in new French oak