Ardente Estate Winery
2005, 2006, 2007 Atlas Peak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Trio (3 bottles)
Cabernet Sauvignon •Estate Vineyards
Napa Valley: Atlas Peak
Flight of the Phoenix
If you’ve never experienced a vertical, this is your chance to partake of a unique and thrilling wine experience. Pour these three wines side-by-side, and taste the differences between vintages. Consider, as you taste, that these wines were born of the same grapes, from the same vineyard, made by the same winemaker.
Today’s Ardente Estate Winery Vertical is comprised of their fantastic Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages. This vertical trio was created personally by Agent Red and presented to you as a way to understand the effects that environmental and other factors (primarily weather) play on a wine vintage. Weather, of course has an effect on growth, ripening and soil conditions. These factors, along with the maturity of the vineyard and the winemaker’s own evolution, all play a part. Today’s vertical affords you the opportunity to smell, feel and taste the influence of these factors.
Here are some important details about these wines:
2005 Vintage ~ 92 Points This is a stylistically perfect Napa Valley Cabernet. This vintage is very balanced and very elegant, loaded with dark flavors of blackberry, plum, braised plum and dark leather. Under these, black pepper and coffee bean meld with toasty vanilla and a hint of subtle savory sage.
Drinking beautifully, now, this wine will continue to improve over the next several years. Enjoy right out of the bottle, but decant for an even more elegant drinking experience.
2006 Vintage ~ Not rated As compared to the previous vintage, this wine is made in a very classic Old World style, reminiscent of Italian wines. Dark and rich, with subtle notes of reduced black fruit and sweet earth, this vintage is an exceptional food wine. We paired ours with a meal of braised beef short ribs, rich pureed potatoes and sautéed swiss chard.
Great on opening, this wine really benefits from extended decanting. As the wine breathes, it gradually opens up to reveal added aromas and deepening flavors.
2007 Vintage ~ 91 Points This wonderful 2007 (Remember, Robert Parker gave this important vintage a 96 point score, and Wine Spectator issued a 99 point score) is still approaching its peak - and there is plenty of life left in it. On opening, this vintage exudes wonderful fruit on the nose. As it breathes, it begins to reveal even more elegant fruit, earth and spice. On the palate, the wine is soft and elegant. Plush tannins deliver fruit compote and earthy character to the far corners of the palate.
For those who have had the pleasure of trying the 2007, you know just how amazing it is. For those who haven’t, now is your chance to nab an Operative favorite Cab at a fantastic price!
What the Winery Says
2005 Vintage The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon shows beautiful depth of color, and aromas of ripe, dark fruit with a touch of sweet vanilla. The wine offers deeper flavors of blueberry on the palate and echoes the lush fruit and vanilla bean essence brought forth by the nuances of French oak aging. This is a well-structured Cabernet with tannins that are soft and supple. This wine would perfectly complement a grilled rib-eye smothered with blue cheese or an herb-roasted rack of lamb. “A rich, satisfying Cabernet, packed with blackberry, cherry and mocha flavors, with a touch of herbs and mint.”
2006 Vintage The warm summer days of 2006, combined with cool evenings provided a perfect growing season for our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The concentrated, well ripened berries resulted in a dark red wine, with complex flavors of cassis, black currant and Bing cherries.
2007 Vintage The 2007 vintage aged in small French oak barrels for 30 months and another 24 months in the bottle. The result is a wine with an intense yet delicate nose, rich, satisfying mouth feel, a pleasant finish with just the right amount of tannin, and the promise of a long aging.
- Derek Irwin
- 92 Points (2005); 91 Points (2007) - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
About the Winery
Ardente Estate Winery is a family-owned estate organized in the manner of a traditional European chateau. The winery and the vineyard are located on the estate in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak, at an altitude of 1500 feet just eight miles from the city of Napa. The rocky, volcanic terrain and arid climate denigrate the vines, forcing them to work harder and produce more concentrated fruit. The harvest commence most years in late October, giving the grapes a long hang-time, resulting in well ripened and mature fruit.