Atlas Peak Wines
2008 Atlas Peak Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley: Atlas Peak
The Bold and the Brooding
Today’s Atlas Peak Wines 2008 Atlas Peak Cabernet Franc marks a welcome return to Atlas Peak, who has long been known for their excellent high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignons. We are more than happy to report that their Cab Franc is equally delicious!
Super concentrated, this wine benefits greatly from decanting. After the wine is given a chance to breathe, the flavors almost jump out of the glass. A delightful balance of lush fruit, sweet earth, and subtle spice, today’s wine is a Cab Franc lover’s dream. Our tasting panel couldn’t stop raving about this wine, and were incredibly excited to try it alongside a perfectly grilled steak.
Our fearless leader Agent Red is a huge Cab Franc fan, and he gave today’s wine a resounding two-thumbs up. Be sure to stock up on this gem!
Midnight scarlet at the center of the glass, with just a hint of a lighter ruby at the fringe.
An aromatic blend of fruit and earth, with fresh red fruit notes of raspberry and dark cherry balanced against sweet tobacco leaf, coffee bean, fresh forest floor, rosemary, and thyme.
Bold and concentrated on the palate, with raspberry, blackberry, and sweet plum laid overtop saddle leather, soft caramel, espresso bean, fresh berry bramble, and toasted oaky spice.
Best decanted, this wine has a lovely touch of velvety tannin in the front of the mouth, quickly trailed by layers of lush and complex flavors.
A well-aged New York Strip, grilled simply, served alongside roasted red potatoes.
What the Winery Says
Harvested in mid-October of 2008, this tiny parcel of Cabernet Franc reached an impressive 27.2 Brix sugar content before harvest. Aromatic and herbaceous in a most pleasant way, Cab Franc, as it is affectionately known, is a component of some of the finest Bordeaux wines produced. Grown on Atlas Peak Mountain, high above the fog line, Cab Franc takes on a spicy and intriguing character, with gorgeous purity of fruit and lingering exotic notes of sandalwood and sage.
- Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 93% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Case Production
- 36 Cases
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.