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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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  • Sangiovese

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

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

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  • Levendi Estates Winery

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  • Cobblestone Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Atlas Peak 2005


    Bigger, bolder, chewier, beefier, than the '04, this wine has immense structure and concentration while retaining, for the most part, a nice balance. Even after extended bottle aging (their reserve is always held for 6 years before release) it still has a bit of a ways to go. After a double decant the tannins were still immediate but were fine... Read More

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  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Klh

  • Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    Tonight I cracked open a bottle of 2006 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, perhaps a rebellious response to so many young cabs (e.g. less than 4 years old) I've been drinking lately. The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color, and somewhat opaque. The nose is somewhat earthy, with hints of leather and tobacco, and something else I can't q... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Cameron Hughes Lot234 Meritage Atlas Peak 2009


    Didnt get to taste in a proper glass but maybe next time. So here goes... smells of blackberries and combination of other dark berries with hint of smoke. Fruity of plums, blackberries, blueberry, oaky and the dryness lingers. Pretty decent although I am not sure about the balance ( a little acidic? and bitter tannins? I might be off). Read More

    Wine review by shsim

  • Ardente Atlas Peak Sangiovese 2002


    One of the most intriguing, complex wines I've had. Flavors of black cherry, oak & green olive dominate. A little tart in the beginning, but opened up nicely. Paired very well with the Cioppino we had for lunch. Read More

    Wine review by ffchick

  • Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    Unbelievable napa cab for $20. Big fruit and smooth finish. Competes with a lot of $40 bottles IMO. Read More

    Wine review by jayhawkrrr

  • Coniglio Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak 2005


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    Wine review by koshana

  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles 2006


    100 year old vines make for a magnificent Napa Valley Zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  •  Dmcker asked for a guided tour of the "True" Sonoma Coast wineries. That ... ...   Whetstone - On Atlas Peak Rd in Napa     Wind Gap - By appointment in Forestville Yeah, that's the short list. Too bad you're not in the area this weekend as the WOW (West of West) Festival is happening in Occidental Most all the producers listed above will be... Read More

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  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles 2006


    93 pointsThe nose on this wine is deep and spicy, with an intense herbal tone. Its very pastoral and full of tobacco and cherry notes. Black stone, chocolate, and gun smoke open up on the spin.Beginning with dried fruit and peppered, grilled meat, this wine quickly moves into a dense and spicy combination of dark fruit and firm minerals. This is... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

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