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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 104958)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of cherries, dark berries and cedar jump from the glass of this rich, full-bodied and smooth Cabernet. Cassis and cocoa powder fill the palate, with a medium dry finish and fine tannins to assure this wine's ability to age well for the next 7-10 years.
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About Atalon:

The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain claims a stake in Napa Valley viticultural lore. At the turn of the twentieth century, General Keyes was producing wines considered to be among the best in Napa County from this old landmark.

The famed Howell Mountain property was acquired by the Jackson family in 1996 and renamed the Keyes Vineyard in honor of the early farmer's pioneering viticultural contributions. Today, the historic ghost winery stands as a strong reminder of a 150-year old tradition of growing wine grapes within the thirty-mile stretch of the Napa Valley frontier.

In 1997, Atalon was created to revive the vineyard's past accomplishments and to build on the area's reputation for producing remarkable red wines. Although inspired by ghosts long gone, Atalon wines reflect a modern understanding of farming Napa's rugged mountains and valleys for the most balanced and expressive wines.

Drawing fruit from selected vineyards, the wines are a composite of vineyards stretching from the rolling hills of Napa-Carneros in the south to the peaks of Howell Mountain in the north. Atalon is dedicated to the true essence and flavor of the Napa Valley, a distinction defined by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.