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Rombauer Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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14.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is dark purple with ruby highlights and enticing aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, brown sugar, molasses, and baking spices. The palate is rich and textured with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, cocoa powder, and a hint of wet gravel. The finish is long and smooth, with supple tannins and bright acidity.

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WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: One of the best wines from the Atlas Peak AVA, the 2014 Rombauer Vineyards Atlas Peak Vineyard bottling comes to play bigtime on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich from start to finish. Its aromas and flavors and red, blue, and black fruits are matched nicely with sweet oak and a hint of chalkiness. Put this one in the cellar for a few years, and you will be rewarded. (Tasted: March 22, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This high-toned, well-made wine shows rich clove, tobacco and currant notes beneath its hit of acidity. Firm, woody tannins provide grip, with complexity and full-bodied weight
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Smoky, toasty oak casts a shadow over the juicy currant and plum flavors, accented by shades of anise and cedar, with firm, gravelly tannins that offer a chunky, pebbly texture. Drink now through 2032. 500 cases made
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Rombauer Vineyards, California
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Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging our wines.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Rombauer Vineyards puts a lot of hard work and tender care into making drinkable wines. And because wine is a simple product to enjoy, emphasis is given to taking the mystique out of enjoying fine wines.

Our emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking. Hence our focus on wine as complements to good food and good friends. Every family member is actively involved in the day to day operation of the winery from selecting grapes for the winemaking process and getting the wine to market.

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Atlas Peak

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Just northeast of Napa city, Atlas Peak boasts some of Napa Valley’s highest elevation vineyards. Here the intense sunlight coupled with cool, nighttime temperatures produce grapes that are perfectly ripe, balanced and concentrated. The appellation is rich in volcanic soils and excels in the production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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