Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Made with full extraction and long skin contact, this wine is made to maximize body and weight while having long silky tannins. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe dark cherry and blackberry notes with mocha, clove and a hint of vanilla. This wine offers lush, juicy cherry and blueberry flavors. On the palate, sweet vanilla, clove, and a hint of cinnamon are brought forth by the nuances of French oak aging. Seamless with a nice long finish, this wine is very elegant with a fine structure.
Wine Enthusiast - "What a great wine for the price. It's made from various Napa mountain vineyards, and shows concentrated blackberry and black currant flavors, wrapped into superfine Napa tannins that go down with silky smoothness. Not cheap, but the price is a bargain compared to superexpensive Napa Cabs. At nearly 6,000 cases produced, it’s a steal."
Atlas Peak Winery
Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak's most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.
Atlas Peak crafts Napa Valley mountain appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from such prestigious areas as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District and Mount Veeder, in addition to Atlas Peak. Atlas Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are driven by an appreciation of mountain-grown fruit and winemaking techniques that capture the distinct flavors derived from the mountain appellations in which they are grown. View all Atlas Peak Winery Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.8 out of 5 stars
40 ratings, 9 with reviewswine514 - Old Bridge, NJ42/22/201149/23/2011MichiganCliffy - San Francisco, CA412/21/2011212/18/2011
Does not deserve the 94 rating. Maybe 89. Acidy finish. There are a lot more great cabs for this price..412/5/2011richard hirsch - Denver, CO411/23/2011411/18/2011sacados - Boston, MA311/4/2011410/15/2011310/13/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
This wine had a lot of promise with a 94 point rating. However, I was a bit disappointed. It is a good wine, but there seemed to be a bit of an overbearing alcohol flavor and not a lot of balance. I opened one bottle and didn't finish it; within 2 days it didn't keep well making me believe that this wine is near its end-of-life. So drink it now - don't cellar!virgo22 - Big Rapids, MI310/11/2011SACurrie - Elizabethville, PA310/8/2011Sparky G - Simsbury, CT52/28/2011I enjoy this bold Cab alot! They will get better with age, so I will drink a few more. The others have been appropriately stored.49/15/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
- Pair With
- Beef > Stew
Good smooth and wet;very easy to enjoy.Wolfmagic 2012 - Juneau, AK38/10/2011A great little Napa cab I picked up on sale for $25 & Free Shipping from WineShopper! Lacks complexity. Delicious now, but could use 2 or 3 more years in the bottle. A great go-to wine for everyday.John Glass - Santa Clara, CA59/2/201148/30/2011Billy Granger - Delcambre, LA48/5/2011Great wine great pricehang time - Delray Beach, FL38/3/2011Gerry Binder - Dunellen, NJ37/20/2011Jake Razem - Castle Rock, CO37/7/2011
- Smooth & Supple
This was good, but it didn't live up to the expectations I had. It's a good wine at a very good price but I was expecting a little more from a 94 rating. Like many cabs, this wine has a dry finish, but I found this finish to be so dry as to border on harsh.Linda J Brockriede - Long Branch, NJ55/6/2011Demmin - Yorba Linda, CA45/3/2011Gman - Carnegie, PA42/27/20112006... five years old and tasting great! This Cab displays drinkability now, and shows potential to cellar well for a few more years. I hope that the three bottle left in the cooler will make it past March!
- Big & Bold