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Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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Atalon’s singular focus on red Bordeaux varietal wines from Napa Valley has made them a part of this rich tradition. Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon blends the structure and intensity of mountain fruit with the lush elegance of benchland fruit – creating a silky wine with rich tannin and abundant fruit. Atalon’s wines succinctly express the richness and complexity of Napa Valley because they select fruit from some of the most historic and proven vineyards in the area.

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Atalon:
With its recent debut, Atalon has emerged on the wine scene with a provenance firmly rooted in the Napa Valley. The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain claims a stake in Napa Valley viticultural lore. At the turn of the twentieth century, General Keyes was producing wines considered to be amon... Read more
With its recent debut, Atalon has emerged on the wine scene with a provenance firmly rooted in the Napa Valley. The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain 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. From the 1970's the Cabernet Sauvignon vines surrounding the winery helped to establish the reputation of several boutique Napa wineries, including Liparita, Duckhorn and La Jota. In 1996 the famed Howell Mountain property was renamed the Keyes Vineyard in honor of the early farmer's pioneering viticultural contributions. Today, the historic ghost 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 frontier. In 1997, Atalon was created to revive the vineyard's past accomplishments and to build on the area's reputation for producing remarkable red wines. Although inspired by ghosts long gone, Atalon wines reflect a modern understanding of farming Napa's rugged mountains and valleys for the most balanced and expressive wines. To integrate the diverse flavors found throughout the Napa Valley, the wines take us beyond the ridges of Howell Mountain into the broader domain of neighboring appellations. Atalon wines are a comprehensive exploration of the Napa Valley appellation. 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 by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Vineyards are chosen for proven quality from the best known districts known to grow high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, including Oakville, Rutherford, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, Napa Carneros and Howell Mountain. Atalon produces two tiers of wine: a Napa Valley designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a Mountain Estate designated Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Napa Valley wines are packed with ripe, opulent fruit, gentle tannins and rich textures long associated with the Napa Valley. The Mountain Estate wines are focused expressions of mountain fruit - dense, powerful with ripe flavors and bold structure. Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
04/06/2013

Rich cassis nose with hints of mint and oak vanilla. On the palate, sweet red berry fruit with flowers and spices. Nice wine driven by rich, red currant and a nice texture. Lingers nicely. Tasty wine. 89 pts. 4/6/13


Snooth User: Thomas C
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5.00 5
12/08/2012

Outstanding Cabernet. In the Glass it opens up and shows it's elegant layers. Enjoying it slowly is rewarding! Wow!

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External Reviews for Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Bright, dark red. Strong rose petal lift to the redcurrant aroma. Sweet, round and easygoing, with juicy acidity giving shape to the cherry and redcurrant flavors. A rather voluptuous cabernet whose firm tannins won't get in the way of enjoying it young. This is the first vintage for new winemaker Brian Kosi, who told me he's trying to soften this wine up somewhat while maintain its andldquo;mountain backbone.andrdquo;


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with gorgeous, perfumed aromatics. Sweet red berries, flowers, licorice and spices flow effortlessly from this beautifully delineated wine. Bright, floral notes add lift on the finish. This is a terrific wine for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2014andndash;2024.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/08/2012

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with gorgeous, perfumed aromatics. Sweet red berries, flowers, licorice and spices flow effortlessly from this beautifully delineated wine. Bright, floral notes add lift on the finish. This is a terrific wine for the... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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03/27/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with gorgeous, perfumed aromatics. Sweet red berries, flowers, licorice and spices flow effortlessly from this beautifully delineated wine. Bright, floral notes add lift on the finish. This is a terrific wine for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2024.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
11/07/2012

Notably herbal and earthy, showing a road tar edge to the dried currant and roasted herb, with a bitter twinge on the finish. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
07/18/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with gorgeous, perfumed aromatics. Sweet red berries, flowers, licorice and spices flow effortlessly from this beautifully delineated wine. Bright, floral notes add lift on the finish.


External Review
03/14/2012

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with gorgeous, perfumed aromatics. Sweet red berries, flowers, licorice and spices flow effortlessly from this beautifully delineated wine. Bright, floral notes add lift on the finish. This is a terrific wine for the money.



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Atalon’s singular focus on red Bordeaux varietal wines from Napa Valley has made them a part of this rich tradition. Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon blends the structure and intensity of mountain fruit with the lush elegance of benchland fruit – creating a silky wine with rich tannin and abundant fruit. Atalon’s wines succinctly express the richness and complexity of Napa Valley because they select fruit from some of the most historic and proven vineyards in the area.

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