Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier The Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon has powerful aromas of black cherry, licorice, mineral and subtle vanilla undertones. The Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied and big in almost every aspect. The wine carries the refined and structured Napa Valley fruit on the front of the palate with more complex, non-fruit characteristics poking through in the mid palate. Hints of dusty minerality, licorice, dark cocoa, and subtle oak and wood nuances can be easily identified in this wine. Big, cheek-puckering tannins and mouth watering acidity give the Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon a strong finish with tons of fruit to chew on. Try this wine with this recipe from Ashleigh Tansey http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/10/14/mushroom-red-wine-reduction-steak/
Tansey’s Blind rating – 92 Points
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Wine Selection – Atlas Peak, Napa
Producer – Atlas Peak
Vintage – 2013
Varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon
Region – Napa, California
Alcohol – 14.5%
Oak Aging – 18 months in 100% French oak with blend of 33% new, 25% 1-year, 25% 2-year, and the remaining 17% in 3-year old barrels.
Food Pairings – Rib Eye steak, pot roast, ribs, pizza
From The Winery
Napa Cabernet is one of life’s great pleasures. Luscious berry fruit, multi-layered tannins, refined herbal notes and silky texture all combine to transport the taster to the incomparable Napa Valley. The valley is famous for long-lived red wines that offer wave after wave of drinking pleasure. Through our work with vineyard partners in the region, we craft this ‘taste of Napa’ that weaves mountaintop and lower elevation fruit together into an integrated and elegant wine. http://www.atlaspeak.com/wines/napa-valley-cabernet
What is Cabernet Sauvignon?
Cabernet Sauvignon is considered one of the most common and popular red wine grape varietals in the world. The grape itself is a crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and is native to the Bordeaux region of northwest France. The varietal produces wines that are dark red in color with dark berry fruit characteristics as well as more complex earthy characteristics. These wines are considered to be dry wines with heavy tannins. “Tannins” present more as a feeling than anything else and are caused by phenolic compounds found naturally in the grape. The sensation you get on the palate from tannins is that feeling of having your lips pucker and the sides of your mouth dry out. This feeling is often found in sour green apples, dark cocoa, and coffee. Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier