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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Downhill Winery

    Frank spent over 20 years operating a cutting edge specialty retail company in the South Bay area...

  • VinRoc Wine Caves

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

  • Atlas Peak Vineyards

    Located in a sweeping uplifted valley, high in the eastern hills of the Vaca Range, the Atlas Pea...

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  • 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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  • Not too long ago, I tasted the reserve wines at William Hill on Atlas Peak in Napa.  And the wine that impressed me the most was the Petite Verdot.  My suspicion is that, as Cab gets overripe in a lot of Napa locations these days, Petite Verdot will actually be drinkable as the majority grape in the wine.  (Oddly, they also had a really good Cab... Read More

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  • Okay, OT, you have your entrepreneurial calling.  Start winesnopes.com and ... last week when we were up on Atlas Peak and over by Calistog Read More

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  • Scribe Cabernet "Outpost East" Atlas Peak Napa Retail 68.00 Ggwc 59.99 Buy Six Only 56.99 2005

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    Wine review by mark


  • Erba Mountainside Vineyards Merlot Atlas Peak 2004

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    Amazing! Maybe the best Merlot I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Full bodied with layers of structured fruit. A wonderful nose and a deep dark color. The wine almost bleeds in the glass....you can clearly see the legs on this wine even while it on the table and in he glass. This drinks like a $50-75 Merlot easily! Just a beautiful Merlo... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Lot 324 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak 2008

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    Mmmmmmm. I love napa cabs. I wish I had more money to buy them. Read More

    Wine review by dabriza


  • Alta Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oso Malo Altura 2009

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    Wine review by estam


  • Ardente Espressione Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak Grande Reserva 2000

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    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Turley Zinfandel Atlas Peak 2010

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    The nose was intense yet elegant, showing blackberry and raspberry fruits, sweet spices, hints of charred wood and a whiff of vanilla. On the palate, I found intense, concentrated fruit kept in check by a core of streamlined acidity. Red and black fruits seemed to saturate the entire palate with hints of herbs, pepper and pure cocoa. On its own,... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


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