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Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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"Atalon’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is fleshy and generous, with plenty of fruit and terrific overall balance, not to mention considerable early appeal. Hints of tobacco, dried herbs and incense add complexity on the finish. This is a very solid wine for the money." – Wine Advocate

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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: EMark
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03/25/2014

Purply color in the glass. Kind of a musky funk on the nose. Initial taste is quite tart. Then I get lots of tannin. Only after that do I get some cassis flavor. I don't know about this one. I don't get it. Tanzer, Parker and Wine Enthusiast ive this wine good ratings. To me it is completely unbalanced. I get a heavy musk, again, on the finish. Maybe some O2 will help it. US$23.99 at Costco in Chino Hills. 3/25/14 Amendment: OK, on day two, I am enjoying this wine a bit more. Flavors, acid and tannin appear to be integrated, now.


External Reviews for Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/25/2013

Espresso and cocoa powder lend some added intensity to the black cherry, plum and cassis notes, with a spicy, peppery, herbal finish. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/30/2014

Medium red-ruby. Cool aromas of redcurrant and menthol; subtly sweet flavors of dark berries, licorice and chocolate, plus a hint of tree bark. Not hugely dense but offers good lift and length. Dusty tannins will not stand in the way of enjoying this wine over the next few years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/25/2013

Atalon’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is fleshy and generous, with plenty of fruit and terrific overall balance, not to mention considerable early appeal. Hints of tobacco, dried herbs and incense add complexity on the finish. This is a very solid wine for the money. The 2010 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 3% Petite Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2021.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/25/2013

This is a good value. It’s tannins, weight and intensity of cassis-liqueur flavor brings it right up there with some of Napa’s more expensive Cabs. Rich and flashy for drinking now and over the next 4–5 years.



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"Atalon’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is fleshy and generous, with plenty of fruit and terrific overall balance, not to mention considerable early appeal. Hints of tobacco, dried herbs and incense add complexity on the finish. This is a very solid wine for the money." – Wine Advocate

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