Atlas Snubbed

From the Napa hills to the Atlas Mountains, a wine of titanic quality

Once there was a Titan named Atlas, but he lost a fight with Zeus. Zeus was a real sore loser, so he made Atlas carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. It was super heavy, which really sucked. So when Heracles came by one day asking for help to get some apples, Atlas was happy to get a break. Apparently Eurystheus wanted Heracles to get these apples because Eurystheus was a demanding jerk or something.

Anyway, so Atlas went ahead and got the apples. Upon returning, and both he and Heracles were privately thinking about how they could trick the other into holding the heavens forever. But then they both realized how petty they were acting, and that neither of them were being a particularly good friend. So instead of trying to fool each other, they decided to snub the other gods and just hang out together. They turned the apples into some great Napa Valley grapes, and made a whole ton of wine. It was named “Atlas Peak” after Atlas, since Heracles felt like he already had plenty of recognition, and was happy to let Atlas have this one small thing. They drank a ton of the wine, and had a great time. They also just went ahead and dropped the heavens, which is where thunderstorms come from.

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Delivered in time for Father's Day

 

2005 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District 750ml 2-Pack

This 2005 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon shows deep red purple color and lots of soft tannins, wrapped in intensely rich red stone fruit. It pairs perfectly with rosemary crusted rack of lamb and grilled asparagus.

Due to its position in the valley, the overall growing season on Spring Mountain tends to be slightly warmer than other Napa mountain AVAs. These growing conditions provide Spring Mountain with considerable versatility; creating the perfect blend of climate, soils and exposure for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from Spring Mountain often display more moderate, but substantial, fruit definition, and a suppler mouthfeel than the same grapes from other Napa Valley mountain appellations.

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Winemaker Ondine Chattan describes this special in-time for Father’s Day offer in her detailed Vintner Voicemail.

Specs

Winery Retail Price: $170.00
Average Shipping:  $19.00
Woot Shipping:  (-$5.00)
Total MSRP:   $184.00

  • Appellation: Spring Mountain District
  • Composition: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
  • Acid: 6.01 g/l
  • pH: 3.62
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Case Production: 484 cases
  • Bottled: February 8, 2008
  • Released: September 2009
MOUNTAIN SERIES: CABERNET AT ITS PEAK
The Atlas Peak Mountain Series are limited production wines that showcase the best of the prestigious Napa Valley Mountains: Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain District. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. Mountain top vineyards have poorer soils, allowing better drainage, thereby producing smaller berries with more skin to juice. These wines are handcrafted by our winemaker to make more intense, more structured and age worthy wines.
 
VINTAGE
The 2005 vintage brought excellent quality for which Atlas Peak is known for. The long, cool growing season helped flavors develop beautifully and the large crop allowed us to have even more room to select only the best lots for our final blends. Fruit sorting and skilled winemaking decisions were especially important components of this challenging year. Though the harvest came very late, it was nearly perfect, thanks to spectacular fall weather. The Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 18-27, 2005. The extended hang time allowed for greater flavor development, and in the end that's the most important factor.
 
WINEMAKING

The wine went through primary fermentation at 85º in 100% stainless steel followed by full malolactic fermentation. It was then racked into a combination of new (80%) and one-year-old (20%) 60-gallon French oak barrels, where it spent 20 months before bottling. An extended maceration period of 36 days bestowed the wine with brilliant color, tannin and substance.

Winery Details

Atlas Peak

Founded:
1987
Owner:
Accolade Wines
Location:
Napa, CA
Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak’s most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
The mountain series from Atlas Peak explores the diversity of the Napa Valley region at an entirely different level. Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its lush, full-bodied character with big, bold tannins, and deep, concentrated color. The Mountain Cabernet Series includes five wines sourced from four of the finest mountain appellations in Napa: Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District, and Howell Mountain. Our goal at Atlas Peak is to create wines that distinctly reflect their origin.

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