Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004
"The impressive 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from a hillside vineyard above Lake Hennessy as well as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, and a tiny quantity from Mt. Veeder and Oakville. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, spicy new oak, graphite, and licorice. Full-bodied, powerful, and long in the mouth..."*-Wine Advocate (90 points)*
smooth oak, bold berries
Really drinks smooth. Smoky on the nose, warming to velvety fruit on the finish. Nice wine.
above Lake Hennessy, powerful@!
A friend opened this for the other day & we really enjoyed it.
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Dating back to 1888 and built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain that is now Atalon, claims a stake in Napa Valley viticultural lore. At the turn of the twentieth century, General Keyes was producing wines considered to be among the best in Napa County from this old landmark. The famed Howell Mountain property was acquired by Jess Jackson family in 1996 and renamed the Keyes Vineyard in honor of the early farmer's pioneering viticultural contributions. Today, the historic winery stands as a strong reminder of a 150-year old tradition of growing wine grapes within the thirty-mile stretch of the Napa Valley. Drawing fruit from selected vineyards, the wines are a composite of vineyards stretching from the rolling hills of Napa-Carneros in the south to the peaks of Howell Mountain in the north. Atalon is dedicated to the true essence and flavor of the Napa Valley, a distinction defined primarily by Cabernet Sauvignon. This 2004 is rare treat. From a vintage that proved excellent and with the added bottle age to make it beautifully drinkable. Robert Parker scored it 90 points saying "The impressive 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from a hillside vineyard above Lake Hennessy as well as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, and a tiny quantity from Mt. Veeder and Oakville. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, spicy new oak, graphite, and licorice. Full-bodied, powerful, and long in the mouth, it will benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age, and last for 12-15 or more years."
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