Ardente Estate Winery
2005 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Ardente Estate Vineyard
Napa Valley: Atlas Peak
Love in the clouds
Today’s wine is nothing short of phenomenal! Especially when you consider today’s incredible price.
We are thrilled to welcome back one of our very favorite recent winery finds, Ardente Estate Winery, whose Atlas Peak Cabernets have been among our most popular sellers.
Today’s 2005 Ardente Estate Winery Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is a stylistically perfect Napa Valley Cabernet. This wine is very balanced and very elegant, with bold fruit flavors juxtaposed with lush earth and spice characteristics.
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.
Dark and dusty ruby red with beautiful clear ruby edging.
Plum and sweet tobacco leap from the glass. As you inhale more deeply, the wine unpacks aromas of black cherry, spice, cherry jello, espresso bean, pencil shavings and hoisin sauce.
Loaded with dark flavors of blackberry, plum, briased plum and dark leather. Under these, black pepper and coffee bean meld with toasty vanilla and a hint of subtle savory sage.
Mouth-coating and very persistent, with black fruit flavors that linger on for a very long time. At the very tail, subtle smoked almond and hard dried salami flavors emerge.
Enjoy this wine with a wide variety of foods, including a charcuterie plate or a big and juicy grilled steak.
What the Winery Says
- 2005 Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon
- Ardente Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak, just eight miles northeast of the city of Napa. The area was selected for its rich volcanic soil, ideal 1500 ft elevation and moderate micro climate which provide nearly perfect conditions for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The warm arid climate and rocky terrain denigrate the vines forcing them to work harder and produce more concentration of fruit, with dense tannins which intensifies the flavors of the mature grapes. The mountainous terrain presents some challenges, and with late harvest the weather conditions can change by the minute. But for those with a passion for exceptional wine and to overcome the challenges of this unique appellation the rewards are extraordinary. After consulting with different growers and enologists in the Napa Valley, the objective was to make a French style Cabernet Sauvignon, inspired by the wines from the Medoc. The renowned winemaker Phillipe Melka joined Ardente Winery in 1996, and his creative touch, knowledge of terroir and vintner’s passion set the standards for Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon. The first vintage of the 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 2000. Each fall, the winery harvests 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Our wine making facility has the capacity for full production of 2500 cases per year.
- Winemaker’s notes
- 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.”
- Alcohol by volume
- Silver Medal, San Francisco Wine Competion (Same category winners include; Cakebread, Chimney Rock, Hall, Heitz and Rombauer)
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.
Winemaker Derek Irwin
After graduating from the University of California at Davis, Derek Irwin learned the ropes at Cosentino Winery and subsequently at Bouchaine Vineyards. In the late 1990’s he moved to Viansa Winery and soon led their wine programs as Winemaker and Vineyard Manager .
In 2004, Derek started in a new direction and formed Madura Consulting and Piola Wines. Within these two companies, Derek uses his extraordinary knowledge and infinite passion to produce tremendous wines for his clients in the Sierra Foothills, Napa, and Sonoma as well as abroad.