Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

Kukeri

Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.

Inky in color with a very short reddish rim.

Gorgeous nose of wildflowers, black plums, cedar, cooked cherries, chocolates, dark coffee, earth, licorice, blackberries, vanilla, light graphite and black pepper.

Full-bodied and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, light coke, earth, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Already drinking very nicely with a great mouthfeel.

Needs time to open up and after two and a half hours in a decanter, it just blossomed and surprised me. Changed completely, so be patient with it.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too.

A Good quality wine, and still young with lots of potential to become a 95+ point wine. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 15 years.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A very small production of only seven barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.
— 24 days ago

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Scott Rose

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So about 168 cases made? Have had very few Atlas Peak cabs that rocked my world but I may be unlucky.
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Give this a try @Scott Rose

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.3

The legendary 07 vintage. Wine candy with & after Wagyu ribcap.

It’s on its 3-5 year peak cycle.

Candied & just a touch stewed; blackberries, blueberries, dry, dark cherries, creamy raspberries, bramble, pine syrup sap, melted caramel w/ nuts, dark chocolate, mocha powder, eucalyptus, mint, sage, bay leaf, splash of oregano, dark spice w/ some mid heat, dry top soil, rich forest floor, fresh & withering dark florals, lavender, violets, beautiful acidity with fine length, balance & elegantly polished.

Yeah, the zucchini & sugar snaps peas are cut from my garden the end of this week. If you haven’t had sugar snaps peas out of the garden, you are missing veggie candy. Both crazy good w/ the snap peas taking the tape.
— 10 days ago

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Kukeri

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, cedar, earth, vegetables, vanilla, bell peppers, tobacco, light wet leaves, dark chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and black pepper.

Full-bodied and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, chocolates, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, and a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

Showing lots of earth notes that I wasn't expecting. Made it more interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 2 hours.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly French oak barrels (40% new). A very small production of only 125 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.
— 10 days ago

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@"Odedi" nice picture!

Ardente Estate Winery

Estate Bottled Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This bottle tasted a bit better than the last one. Not remembering the price point. — 2 days ago

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Au Sommet

Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

Another fab wine by Heidi B! — 17 days ago

WaterMark

Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Mt Veeder. Really great wine. — a month ago

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Golden Rectangle Napa Valley Red Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

Prior notes still apply, but this bottle was much more on point than the last 14mo ago. I'd suggest this still has at least 8-10y to go from proper storage!

Nose has old cedar closet, dusty cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, burnt blackberry pie, over-ripe black cherry, volcanic rocks and over-ripe blueberry.

Palate has ripe blackberry, warmed plum, dark chocolate bar, prune, dried blackberry, semi-dried cranberry, cigar box and tanned leather. Tannins are light, but still proof of youthfulness!

Paired alongside medium rare Delmonico cut steaks from our favorite local farm, Kinderhook Farm (Valatie NY). Perfection.

6h decant, more time appreciated. Last bottle. 😢

Added to cellar inventory around April 2006; We obtained this as members of the Wine Club.

Release notes from SLWC courtesy of
@Yen Boubel (She's the greatest!)

CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CLUB 23 members, the Golden Rectangle is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the FAY vineyard. The name "Golden Rectangle" refers to our winemaking philosophy inspired by the Golden Mean, the principle that contrary elements, balanced in the right proportion, create tense harmony.

In this select bottling, the opposing elements include two different varietals from two different vintages. The wine is a blend of 61.8% FAY Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, and 38.2% FAY Petit Verdot fruit in the proportion of the Golden Mean. Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux blending varietal typically used in very small amounts because of its power and structure. This blend of Petit Verdot might seem unusually high; however, because of the ideal proportion of these different elements, the Petit Verdot adds structure, aromatics, and texture, rather than overpowering the Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, the blend combines the old and the new-with fruit in roughly equal proportion from the 2002 and 2003 vintages. In this combination, the mellow tones of the older vintage soften the robust character of the younger vintage. The result is an opulent blend, rich with fruit, spices, and exotic perfume.
— 9 days ago

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David T

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Love older vintages from these guys. Have for a long time. Love their expresso notes.
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Yes, based on this, I can't wait to get into our Cask 23 bottles around this vintage, and older.
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Amazing tasting notes as always, Severn. Great to know it’s holding up well! 🍷

seven apart wines

EXPEDITION CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018

Alder Yarrow
9.3

One of the most ambitious new entrants to the Napa luxury wine scene sits high up on Atlas Peak. In true “modern Napa” form, Seven Apart @sevenapart is a spare-no-expense project that is the work of financier Don Dady and NFL star Jason Kyle. Andy Erickson of @faviawines is their inaugural winemaker. Deep black cherry and cassis and tobacco morph into licorice and dried flowers and dried herbs on the journey across the palate. Sumptuous and polished, but with excellent acidity and an admirably restrained 14.1% alcohol. The bottle, as you’d expect from such a venture, is offensively heavy, but the wine is good. This is the remains of a press sample. — a month ago

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Karo Kann

Block 12 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

High elevation Napa cab from Atlas Peak. — a month ago

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Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.4

For steak dessert, 2007 Caymus Classic. Chuck, why oh why, did you change the original styling of this wine? 🤦‍♂️

I ran out of my cellared Caymus Classic. Classic is pre 2012 vintage. In 2012, it was changed to a highly marketable consumer friendly wine syrup that drinks well early for some. I can’t palate it.

I recently went to the secondary market and found some beautifully stored 2007. Missed it.

The nose reveals, stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, full scorched earth, grey clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce, eucalyptus with withering; dark, red, purple flowers.

The mouthfeel is glorious with balance & length. Ripe fruits of; stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries hovering over all the rest, scorched earth, dark spice with subtle yet punctuating heat, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon & vanillin, dry crushed, limestone rocks, grey, mud clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, oak char, expresso, black licorice, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce hues, eucalyptus/mint with withering; dark, red, purple flowers. The acidity is a rushing, spring mountain river. The length, balance fruit & earth, elegance, polish would captivate most any discerning palate.

Chuck, I think you should make both Caymus Syrup & Caymus Classic again.

She is at the tail end of her precipice.
— 2 days ago

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Wine concentrate? Needs dilution.