2010 Napa Valley Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet is a balanced and superb wine. It has the full spectrum of black fruit on the nose and palate, with plenty of dark chocolate and toasted vanilla on the finish. Since 2010 was a shorter growing season with unseasonably early rains in October, the alcohol levels are at a low 13.2%, without sacrificing flavor or depth, so you can enjoy it more generously.
Not a heavy Cabernet, this wine will pair very well not only with beef but also lamb, pork, pasta and even spiced poultry. It is made from 100% estate grown fruit from vineyards planted by the Wulffs' home on Atlas Peak in the Napa Valley. These rocky hillside vineyards of volcanic soil sit 1350 feet above the valley floor. They are close row planted, which requires that the vines be completely hand tended--no tractors. Since the roots struggle with the rocky soil as well as their proximity to other vines, they produce a smaller yield but wonderfullly concentrated, earthy flavors.
Winemaker Victoria Coleman, previously with Chateau Mouton Rothschild, has lovingly crafted this wine. It has benefitted from 2 years in French oak barrels,--- roughly 2/3's new--and another 32 months of aging in the bottle. It is ready to drink now, but can easily be laid down for several years.
Only 150 cases were made! This is a collector's wine.
- Alcohol: 13.2%
- Appellation: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
- Wine Type: Red Single Vineyard
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon