2007 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak Mountain 750ml 2-Pack
Vintage: The 2007 vintage was characterized by a beautiful ripening season. The winter provided little rainfall which led to drier soils and consequently an earlier-than-normal bud-break in March. Overall the season was very mild, allowing extended hang-time to slowly ripen and mature the fruit. A brief heat wave at the end of August spiked day-time sugars but the cooling fog in the afternoons helped to maintain consistent brix levels. Continued stable weather conditions through October favored the vines. As a result: the tannins, sugars and ripeness came into alignment in unison to produce a superior harvest in quality, yield and varietal flavors.
Winemaking: The majority of our winemaking takes place in the vineyard throughout the growing season. Once harvested the fruit is further sorted and de-stemmed into small fermenters. An intense protocol of punch down cap management to extract the richness of the fruit lasts for about 12 days. To better integrate the substantial tannin the wine undergoes an extended maceration for several weeks. After complete malolactic fermentation it racked into 90% new, 60-gallon French oak barrels, where it spent 22 months before bottling.
Color: Deep brick red
Nose: Mocha, espresso, chai, blackberry
Palate: Plush and generous with dark berry fruit and coffee-laced notes woven into the wine. Savory, supple and soft in the mouth with lingering but yielding tannins.