About the Bottle
Established in 1992, Atlas Peak is situated on the Vaca Mountain Range which separates Napa Valley from the Sacramento Valley to the east. With elevations ranging from 760 to 2600 feet, the temperatures average about 10 – 15 degrees cooler than the valley floor in the summer and rarely rise above 100˚F. Above the fog line, the day-to-night temperature swing is minimal. There are 1609 acres of grapes planted in reddish-colored volcanic soils with limited water retention in the Atlas Peak AVA.
The district’s earliest commercial successes were not in agriculture but in the resort industry thanks to the presence of therapeutic mineral hot springs. In the 1850s, Soda Springs Resort opened on Atlas Peak and, two decades later, Atlas Peak Resort was established. Extremely exclusive and posh, both resorts were frequented by wealthy San Franciscans, many of whom had made their fortunes in the Gold Rush. When the resorts closed after Prohibition (1920-1933), much of the land was given over to cattle ranches.
Today, the two largest vineyards on Atlas Peak are the Antica Vineyard, a property owned by the Antinori family of Florence, Italy, and Stagecoach Vineyard, owned by the Gallo family.
Dark plum and black cherry aromas present in this 2016 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. Flavors of black currant and fresh raspberry are complemented by notes of vanilla and a touch of nutmeg and candied violets. This is a big and bold wine with balanced tannins and a finish that coats the palate.
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
TA: 6.1 g/L
Aging: 20 months in 45% new French oak