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Date Printed: 12/17/2014
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 92850)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The quintessential Napa Valley Mountain Vineyard blend, grapes for this wine come from Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain and Howell Mountain. As harvest approaches, Atlas Peak's winemaking duo walks the vineyards – picking at full ripeness. Grapes are harvested by hand and delivered in 1/2-ton bins.

After destemming, the berries are again hand sorted to ensure only berries reach the fermentation tank. The grapes are fermented in small lots to capture the essence of each vineyard site. Grapes are cold soaked for up to 2 days before fermentation, and maceration is extended up to 30 days to extract maximum color and flavor.

Drawing from each mountain site, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with ripe dark fruits and blueberries, overlaid by subtle vanilla bean aromas. Well structured, with supple tannins.

"A beautiful Cabernet that shows a firm structure of acids and tannins, with perfectly ripened fruit that seduces the palate but doesn't go overboard. Floods the mouth with black currants, black cherry pie filling and cedar flavors, but stays firmly dry and balanced. Now through 2012." 91 Points
Wine Enthusiast
February 2009

"Impressive in its mix of perfectly cast fruit, inviting notes of complexity from minerals to loamy soils to hints of dark chocolate, this full-bodied wine is both supple and solid on the palate, and its lengthy flavors of cassis, cola, ripe cherries, fudge and dried wild flowers follow through handsomely. Tannin and acid tighten the wine in the finish and encourage four to eight years of quiet cellar aging." 91 Points
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About 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.