Atlas Peak Wines
2007 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley: Atlas Peak
On top of a mountain...
Boy, oh boy, did we love today’s Atlas Peak Wines 2007 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. Bursting with fruit, earth, and spice, today’s wine has got it all.
Today’s ultra-luxury Cabernet hails from one of the most sought-after vintages in recent memory (Robert Parker himself gave the Napa 2007 Cab vintage a 96 point score). Chock full of lush, concentrated fruit, today’s wine finishes with an elegant silkiness that just begs for a follow-up sip.
Today’s wine drinks beautifully now, but will also age quite well for years to come. Be sure to stock up on enough for both!
Super dark, almost inky scarlet in the glass, with only a subtle lightening at the edge.
Rich and incredibly dense, with bold dark fruit flavors leaping from the glass. Juicy fresh plum, blackberry, and currant lead the way, trailed by black cherry, dried Mission fig, dried tobacco leaf, and touches of clove and cardamom.
Luxurious mouth-coating flavors of juicy, super ripe fruit greet you initially, which is pretty remarkable for a 2007! Trailing these juicy fruit flavors are dark leather, pipe tobacco, toasty dark baking spices, lightly roasted espresso beans, and super dark baker’s chocolate.
Best decanted, this big boy needs some time to open up. The finish is long and lengthy, with flavors trailing for miles. A slight drying appears at the very end, inviting you to take another sip.
A pan-seared Porterhouse, served with homemade garlic herbal butter drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
The majority of our winemaking takes place in the vineyard throughout the growing season. Once harvested the fruit is furthersorted and de-stemmed into small fermenters. An intense protocol of punch down cap management to extract the richness of the fruit lasts for about 12 days. To better integrate the substantial tannin the wine undergoes an extended maceration for several weeks. After complete malolactic fermentation it was racked into 90% new, 60-gallon French oak barrels, where it spent 22 months before bottling.
Winemaker’s Notes COLOR: Deep brick red NOSE: Mocha, espresso, Chai, blackberry PALATE: Plush and generous with dark berry fruit and coffee-laced notes woven into the wine. Savory, supple and soft in the mouth with lingering but yielding tannins. FOOD PAIRING: Will enhance all cuts of steak or lamb. For lighter fare try with Tuscan bread salad or flatbread with arugula.
Wine Enthusiast Review Lots of acidity in this still-young Cabernet, giving the blackberry and cassis flavors a real bite that accentuates the tannins. It’s tough now despite the richness, but doesn’t have the stuffing for aging, so drink now with rich fare to balance the acids.
- Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.6% Malbec, 2.1% Petit Verdot
- 22 months in 100% French oak, 90% new
About the Winery
Atlas Peak. Howell Mountain. Spring Mountain. Mount Veeder. The cornerstone mountain vineyard sources behind the Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
These high-elevation appellations frame the Napa Valley and provide ideal growing conditions for bold, complex and intense wines.Our goal at Atlas Peak is to create wines that distinctly reflect their origin. The mountain series from Atlas Peak explores the diversity of the Napa Valley region at an entirely different level. Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its lush, full-bodied character with big, bold tannins, and deep, concentrated color.
Winemaker Darren Procsal
One of Darren’s primary objectives is to get the purest possible expression of his mountain fruit without contamination or undue manipulation. “It is always my goal to bottle Atlas Peak wines without having to filter,” he says. “In the simplest terms, if we can take the wine straight from barrel to bottle, we have done our job.”
His fervor for technical precision and demanding palate guarantee the making of superior appellation wine.