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The climate of this appellation is unique, partly because its elevation frees it from the fog which blankets the valley below in the afternoon. Also, since it faces west, the region benefits from extended, direct afternoon sunlight. The soils are volcanic and porous, contributing greatly to radiant cooling. The temperature can drop as much as 30°F in the afternoon, allowing grapes to maintain good acidity. Zinfandel is emerging as the best varietal for the appellation’s growing conditions. However, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese are also planted here. Located on the western slope of the Vaca Mountains, northeast of the city of Napa, this AVA has over 1,500 acres of vines in a region of 11,000 acres. Grapes have been grown within the region for well over 100 years. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Levendi Estates Winery

    The Greeks claim to have invented wine. We think Napa Valley grapes perfect it. Combining our pro...

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    VINROC derives its name from our rock strewn mountain vineyard, where the elevation provides the ...

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  • Rombauer Vineyards Atlas Peak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012


    Dark plum, prune and rich chocolate with black currant and pleasant minerality on the nose. More rich chocolate mousse on the palate with loads of dark black fruit and refreshing acidity. Structure forms towards the back on the mouth as the fullness of blackberry preserves pushes through the mid palate and settles into a nice black pepper and ci... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Interesting description of the 2012 Chesters Anvil Zinfandel wine from their ... site:2012 ZinfandelMead RanchAtlas Peak, Napa Valley$40   400 casesORDER HEREOrange and clove spice, tobacco, leather, cola, caramel, tiramisu. Rich layered tannins. A wine that rewards the imbiber by unraveling little mysteries as it aerates over time in the glas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles 2006


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    Wine review by jillpickle

  • But most Cali Sangio seems to be grown in the wrong place.  I used to date ... where Antinori thought that Atlas Peak would be good for Sangiovese for the same reason?Now if you go down to Paso and chat with Mike Caparone, you will come out of that conversation believing that Tuscany is the wrong place to grow Sangiovese.  Go figure.  (OK, I'm ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Washington takes on Ruffino

  • BTW, Antinori bought some property on Atlas Peak with the idea he could grow Sangio there.  Didn't work very well, so they grafted over to, what else, Cab.  Atlas Peak generally hasn't carried the same weight as Howell, Veeder, Spring, Diamond and the other "mountain" sub-AVAs. Next big AVA will be Coombsville, where Meteor hails from.  It regul... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • ATF labeling laws.  They care where the grapes come from, not where it was ... the damn grapes down from Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain and Pritchard Hill, unless there's a spot that's unsuited for grapes.  Why build a winery on, say, half an acre or so of land that you paid $1M an acre for because it's such great terroir?  Is it great terroir for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)

  • No, I don't believe it is the same guy - based on this:Antinori responded ... vineyards, most notably the Atlas Peak winery in California in 1985, and 325 hectares around Badia a Passignano in 1987. They also expanded into Piedmont and set up a joint venture in Bátaapáti, Hungary.The name of Antinori can be traced back to 11th Century Troy, in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... unforeseen : on the top of Atlas Peak, in San Diego County, in Durnstein on the Wachau . . . . This is an honor, and the enterprise feels beautifully unbounded.Abe  FOOTNOTES:Jon has written about Chris and Alysha and the changes in San Diego County here. See also... Read More

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  • You can taste Atlas Peak at Buena Vista Carneros Winery in Sonoma ( ). Same corporate owners. That's where we pick up our Atlas Peak wine club selections. Buena Vista does not promote Atlas Peak. To taste, go to the far end of the tasting bar. They have a small tasting room that looks like it's set aside for Atlas P...

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