Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
A blend of all the mountain appellations, Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates power and structure and shows firm tannins and explosive fruit flavors.
Wine Enthusiast - "Fruit stars in this young, rich Cabernet. It's as good as young, drink-me-now Napa Cab gets, offering waves of blackberries, cherries, plums, sweet oak and spices that go on and on into long finish. The tannins are perfectly ripe, the acidity fine and brisk. "
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 grated 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 Review4 }div>4.2 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 5
- 4 Stars: 12
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Stars: 0
19 ratings, 11 with reviewsRobert Duffy - Sparta, NC36/20/2013Good, at this price would not buy againmejho - West Mifflin, PA56/4/2013Delicious, did not get to stop there during fall trip to Napa, wish we would have. Love it!Padge - Flagler Beach, FL45/22/2013
This is a very nice red. It is consistently one of our favorites and when I was able to get some at $19 I jumped at it.S R Chemist - Columbia, SC55/13/2013
- Smooth & Supple
95+. Full of Cabernet fruit - blackcurrant with vanill and hints of coffee or chocolate and maybe plums or black cherry. Fruit forward, but certainly not sweet. In fact, judging from the 14.5% alcohol content the residual sugar is probably minimal. the fruit carries the alcohol very nicely. The tannins were soft and light, but I consider that a plus. I htought I was mistaken because its not likely to get a superb wine at this price point but my wife, who has a great palate, firmly agreed. Both of us felt this was better than the 08 Alexander Valley Silver Oak and at a fraction the price.JohnSullivanSF - San Francisco, CA44/19/2013
- Big & Bold
Robert S. - Davis, CA53/13/2013
- Big & Bold
Vanilla oak, blackberry, and currant aromas with some spicy notes in the background. Bold blackberry, currant, plum, and oak flavors with surprisingly mild tannins. Hints of cocoa and chocolate emerge in the aromas and flavors on the first day as the wine airs in the glass. Tannins also emerge a bit more as the wine airs in the glass, but they remain smooth and not harsh. Second day similar to the first, with the tannins emerging a bit more in the flavors and finish. Third day generally similar to the second, with a cedar component becoming prominent in the aromas, and just a hint of alcohol in the finish. A big, full bodied, fruit-forward wine; smooth, with mild tannins that become a little more prominent on the second and third days after opening. Nice long finish with balanced fruit and tannins. A bit of fine sediment in the bottom of the bottle.52/3/201351/29/2013One of my favorites I came across when traveling. Great price for this wine!Lisa Imhof - Raleigh, NC41/19/2013smooth, well balanced. would buy again41/18/2013
- Big & Bold
Beautiful wine that is well balanced with a nice bouquet.41/9/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Sparky G - Simsbury, CT411/3/2012Dwight Simar - Saint Martinville, LA39/1/201248/24/2012
- Big & Bold
I have served this wine with several different food pairings. Great across the board. Very bold in flavor. this is a repeat purchase and will purchase againrossaroni - Pasadena, CA47/21/2012
- Big & Bold
Unexpected pleasure. Besin Frncophiles in the wine department, we just now are getting used to being on the West Coast, and enjoying the variety unavailable on the East. We had not heard of this wine, but absolutely loved it, and can highly recommend it. Smooth, but with enough tannic bite to make it interesting, it is very good value indeed.44/30/2012Lynn Looby - Newtown Square, PA44/29/201244/4/2012Great big flavor, smooth finish!43/22/2012
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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