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Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak 2013

Rating

CWA96

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Price: $225.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 96 Points
“A classically-styled Heidi Barrett top tier Cabernet from a now legendary vintage. Captivating aromatics of succulent black cherries, Santa Rosa plum, clove, cedar and cinnamon waft from the glass. Well-structured with fine, grainy tannins, the palate offers deftly balanced layers of red and black berries, currant, and hints of mint and pipe tobacco on the exquisite finish. This is a serious contender for long term cellaring through 2025, but delivers sublime enjoyment now (after decanting). Bravo!” - California Wine Advisors

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Sommet comes from well-known Atlas Peak Vineyard at an elevation of 2,100 feet. This is a dense, rich, inky purple-colored wine that offers earthy almost charcoal ember-like notes with plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is youthful and in need of another several years of bottle age as this is a substantial, full-throttle, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon built for long-term cellaring and should easily last a quarter of a century. This is a beauty and should be respected for such. Forget it for another 4-5 years.” - Robert Parker

BACKGROUND
Au Sommet vineyard, part of the 45-acre property perched atop Atlas Peak, is one of the highest vineyard sites in Napa Valley, rising 2,100 feet above sea level. The eleven year old Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 7 and 337) and Petit Verdot (clone 400) vines are exposed to a unique microclimate and soil. Unlike the Napa Valley floor, which is often covered in morning fog, the mountain vineyard is exposed to more sun during the growing season. Refreshing mountain breezes cool hot summer days, protecting the fruit from overheating. The nights are much cooler than other areas and can sometimes experience a 20-degree drop in temperature. These cool nights allow for slower maturation of the fruit, resulting in well-balanced, complex wine. The shallow volcanic soils limit vine growth, producing small amounts of fruit with exceptional, intense varietal character.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 96 Points
“A classically-styled Heidi Barrett top tier Cabernet from a now legendary vintage. Captivating aromatics of succulent black cherries, Santa Rosa plum, clove, cedar and cinnamon waft from the glass. Well-structured with fine, grainy tannins, the palate offers deftly balanced layers of red and black berries, currant, and hints of mint and pipe tobacco on the exquisite finish. This is a serious contender for long term cellaring through 2025, but delivers sublime enjoyment now (after decanting). Bravo!” - California Wine Advisors

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Sommet comes from well-known Atlas Peak Vineyard at an elevation of 2,100 feet. This is a dense, rich, inky purple-colored wine that offers earthy almost charcoal ember-like notes with plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is youthful and in need of another several years of bottle age as this is a substantial, full-throttle, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon built for long-term cellaring and should easily last a quarter of a century. This is a beauty and should be respected for such. Forget it for another 4-5 years.” - Robert Parker

BACKGROUND
Au Sommet vineyard, part of the 45-acre property perched atop Atlas Peak, is one of the highest vineyard sites in Napa Valley, rising 2,100 feet above sea level. The eleven year old Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 7 and 337) and Petit Verdot (clone 400) vines are exposed to a unique microclimate and soil. Unlike the Napa Valley floor, which is often covered in morning fog, the mountain vineyard is exposed to more sun during the growing season. Refreshing mountain breezes cool hot summer days, protecting the fruit from overheating. The nights are much cooler than other areas and can sometimes experience a 20-degree drop in temperature. These cool nights allow for slower maturation of the fruit, resulting in well-balanced, complex wine. The shallow volcanic soils limit vine growth, producing small amounts of fruit with exceptional, intense varietal character.

Winery Au Sommet

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Napa Valley