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2006 Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak Napa Valley, Grande Reserva 750ml 3-Pack
The wine comes from the Atlas Peak vineyard, where sustainable agricultural is practiced. It is a dark, ruby red wine of extraordinary complexity. The uniqueness of this wine can be attributed to the conditions found only on Atlas Peak, including the rich volcanic soil indigenous to this part of the Napa Valley and a distinctive microclimate located at an altitude of 1500 Feet. The result is a wine with an intense yet delicate nose, rich, satisfying mouth feel, a pleasant finish with just the right amount of tannin, and the promise of a long aging.
Aging Process: 24 months in 225 liter French oak barrels, 60% new French oak
Ardente Estate Winery
Carlo and Marie Francoise Di Ruocco
Atlas Peak, CA
Ardente Estate Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. The area was selected for its rich volcanic soil, 1500 feet elevation and moderate microclimate which provide perfect condition for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Our wines are hand-crafted and aged to be enjoyed upon release, with a depth of flavor, great acidity and a promise of a long aging.
Carlo and Marie Francoise Di Ruocco founded Mr. Espresso, a specialty coffee roaster in 1978. In 1992, Carlo and Marie Francoise were looking for a house in the Napa Valley for their retirement. After many months of searching they found a 20 - acre estate with five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, tucked away in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. From the very beginning, they knew that there was something special about this place.
The warm arid climate and rocky, mountainous terrain was reminiscent of Carlo's home in Italy. The rich volcanic soil, 1500 - foot altitude, and more moderate micro-climate provided the perfect conditions for growing high quality Cabernet grapes. Over time, Carlo and Marie Francoise slowly transformed this land to produce top quality Cabernet Sauvignon, traveling several times to France and Italy to research production and equipment. They worked with many different growers and enologists in the Napa Valley until the perfect combination could be achieved. They decided on a French style Cabernet Sauvignon, inspired by the wines from the Medoc area. They planted an additional seven acres of Merlot, and one acre of Cabernet Franc.
The first vintage of estate Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted by Phillipe Melka, in 1996 and released in 2000.