Atlas Peak Wines
2007 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Mount Veeder (Napa)
The Power AND the Glory
Boy, oh boy, did we love today’s 2007 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak Wines. 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 butter drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
The 2007 vintage was characterized by a beautiful ripening season. The winter provided little rainfall which led to drier soils and consequently an earlier-than-normal bud-break in March. Overall the season was very mild, allowing extended hang-time to slowly ripen and mature the fruit. A brief heat wave at the end of August spiked day-time sugars but the cooling fog in the afternoons helped to maintain consistent brix levels. Continued stable weather conditions through October favored the vines. As a result: the tannins, sugars and ripeness came into alignment in unison to produce a superior harvest in quality, yield and varietal flavors.
Color is rosewood/ruby with tremendous depth. Blackcurrant and fig with licorice and loam tease the nose. The palate is layered with rich fruit in a kaleidoscope of cherry/currant/fig/plum/blueberry. Exotic spice peppers the saturated palate and rounds out the ripe, intensely focused composition. Best complimented by duck or wood-grilled lamb.
- Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
- 20 months in French oak
- Case Production
- 301 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.