Michael Mondavi’s grandfather taught him as a boy that all great winemakers, first and foremost, have respect for their soil. Making wine from the roots up, he said, is the only way to create a truly unique wine instilled with a sense of time and place. Years later, when Michael chose the vineyard site for M, those words were not far from his mind. He named the vineyard “Animo” (“soul” in Italian) because of his belief that it clearly expressed terroir (or sense of place). This vineyard, high atop Atlas Peak at an elevation of 1,400 feet on 15 acres of rocky, volcanic soil, would carry on its terroir through the vines into the grapes and, ultimately, finish in the glass.  






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Animo Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for Animo are grown in its namesake vineyard, a high-elevation site in the Atlas Peak district of Napa Valley. Deep and luscious, Animo is a modern, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon which retains a genuine, built-to-last mountain character. The structured fruit with ample tannins and acid balance the concentrated dark fruit flavors of plum, currants and ripened black cherry.

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