Atlas Peak Napa Valley Claret Atlas Peak 2005

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Awards Accolades: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast - The 2005 Claret is quite possibly the best edition we have produced...

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Winemaker's Notes:

Awards Accolades: <strong>91 Points</strong> - <em>Wine Enthusiast</em> - The 2005 Claret is quite possibly the best edition we have produced thus far. Its inky dark color, luscious blueberry and ripe cherry fruit, plush mouthfeel and bold tannins will reward cellaring. December 2009<br/><br/> About This Wine: The Atlas Peak Claret is an intricate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc that combines power, structure and elegance. The 2005 Claret is quite possibly the best edition we have produced thus far. Its inky dark color, luscious blueberry and ripe cherry fruit, plush mouthfeel and bold tannins will reward cellaring. This wine pairs beautifully with Steak au Poivre and roasted red potatoes.<br/><br/> The Atlas Peak Mountain Series are limited production wines that showcase the best of the prestigious Napa Valley Mountain Appellations: Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain District. Mountain top vineyards have poorer soils and better drainage, which stresses the vines, thereby producing smaller berries with a greater skin to juice ratio. Grapes grown at high elevation, above the natural fog line, experience lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing them to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. These wines are handcrafted by our winemaker to make more intense, more structured and age worthy wines.<br/><br/> <strong>VINTAGE:</strong> The 2005 vintage delivered the excellent quality for which Atlas Peak is known. The long, cool growing season helped flavors develop beautifully and a large crop afforded us even more room to select only the best lots for our final blends. The grapes for the Atlas Peak Claret were harvested October 17-27, 2005. This extended hang time, thanks to spectacular fall weather, allowed for greater flavor development, Fruit sorting and skilled winemaking decisions were especially important components of this late, yet nearly perfect, harvest.<br/><br/> <strong>WINEMAKING:</strong> The wine went through primary fermentation at 85°F in 100% stainless steel followed by full malolactic fermentation. An extended maceration period of 29 days bestowed the wine with brilliant color, tannin and substance. It was then racked into new (51%), one year-old (39%) and 2 year-old (10%) 60-gallon French oak barrels, where it aged for over 20 months before bottling.<br/><br/> About The Winery: K2 or Everest? It’s all a matter of taste, and whichever you choose, you’re still above the fog line. Each Mountain Cabernet in Atlas Peak’s portfolio expresses its own distinct high-elevation terroir. These mountain appellations frame the Napa Valley and provide ideal growing conditions for bold, well-structured wines.<br/><br/> Our goal at Atlas Peak is to create wines that reflect their origin. Mountain Cabernet is known for its lush, full-bodied character with big, bold tannins, and deep, concentrated color. The Mountain Cabernet Series includes five wines sourced from four of the finest mountain appellations in Napa: Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Howell Mountain.<br/><br/> <strong>WINE FROM HIGHER GROUND:</strong> Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District, and Mount Veeder are the cornerstone mountain vineyards behind Atlas Peak’s Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon series. These mountain appellations frame the Napa Valley and provide ideal growing conditions for bold, well-structured wines. Thin soils, lots of sunlight and cooler daytime temperatures force grapes to go into survival mode, building the character needed to make wines that express the rugged elegance which come from great fruit and hard work in hard-to-reach places.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Whether it was the mountains in Argentina, New Zealand or Spain, high-altitude winemaking is the pioneering force behind the new Atlas Peak Mountain Cabernet Series. Nick has always felt that Napa Cabernet is a place of extremes. East vs. West and North vs. South means that wines that are uniquely different can be experienced under the one label. The beginning of this adventure began in 2003 where the exploration of altitude within the large Atlas peak appellation showed wines of incredible difference. If we took that concept and laid it over the whole of the Napa Valley, what would we end up with?<br/><br/> The mountain series from Atlas Peak explores this diversity at a whole different level. Fruit from four mountains surrounding Napa Valley: Mt.Veeder, Spring Mountain District, Howell Mountain and Atlas Peak are compared. The team has been instrumental in sourcing extraordinary fruit from Napa’s upper elevations, using these mountain grapes to craft wines of incredible character and depth.<br/><br/> Once harvested these grapes are then treated with utmost care in the winery. No two wines are made alike. Each wine is made specifically to its sight. Whether it is a largely tannic block or one with more elegance, extraction is determined as to what will give the final blend the best result. Then soothing the wild soul of the juice as it rests in French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months—all to create wines that express the perfect harmony of powerful structure, refined ruggedness and nirvana-like opulence.<br/><br/> What you will taste is a balance to fruit, finesse and deep rich complexity that can only be expressed from the extremes of mountain winemaking.<br/><br/> - From the North East you will try the powerful fruit with deep color, impressive balance and generous, but not necessarily harsh, tannins of the Howell mountain.<br/><br/> - From the Northwest, Spring Mountain gives you, comparatively, softer tannins, moderate yet still substantial fruit definition, and more supple mouthfeel.<br/><br/> - From the South West the starkness of Mt Veeder gives you a restraint in power and full structure that lasts in the mouth<br/><br/> - And finally from the South East at Atlas Peak which is probably the most complete and seamless of the lot with rich, lush and bold tannins and concentrated fruit flavors that explode on your palate.<br/><br/> Come and join us in our exploration and enjoyment of our mountain wines!<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: Vintage:<br/><br/> 2005<br/><br/> Wine Type:<br/><br/> Red Wine<br/><br/> <strong>Varietals:</strong> Claret - 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Atlas Peak<br/><br/> <strong>Acid:</strong> 6.14 g/l<br/><br/> <strong>PH:</strong> 3.64<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/>

Awards Accolades: <strong>91 Points</strong> - <em>Wine Enthusiast</em> - The 2005 Claret is quite possibly the best edition we have produced thus far. Its inky dark color, luscious blueberry and ripe cherry fruit, plush mouthfeel and bold tannins will reward cellaring. December 2009<br/><br/> About This Wine: The Atlas Peak Claret is an intricate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc that combines power, structure and elegance. The 2005 Claret is quite possibly the best edition we have produced thus far. Its inky dark color, luscious blueberry and ripe cherry fruit, plush mouthfeel and bold tannins will reward cellaring. This wine pairs beautifully with Steak au Poivre and roasted red potatoes.<br/><br/> The Atlas Peak Mountain Series are limited production wines that showcase the best of the prestigious Napa Valley Mountain Appellations: Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain District. Mountain top vineyards have poorer soils and better drainage, which stresses the vines, thereby producing smaller berries with a greater skin to juice ratio. Grapes grown at high elevation, above the natural fog line, experience lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing them to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. These wines are handcrafted by our winemaker to make more intense, more structured and age worthy wines.<br/><br/> <strong>VINTAGE:</strong> The 2005 vintage delivered the excellent quality for which Atlas Peak is known. The long, cool growing season helped flavors develop beautifully and a large crop afforded us even more room to select only the best lots for our final blends. The grapes for the Atlas Peak Claret were harvested October 17-27, 2005. This extended hang time, thanks to spectacular fall weather, allowed for greater flavor development, Fruit sorting and skilled winemaking decisions were especially important components of this late, yet nearly perfect, harvest.<br/><br/> <strong>WINEMAKING:</strong> The wine went through primary fermentation at 85°F in 100% stainless steel followed by full malolactic fermentation. An extended maceration period of 29 days bestowed the wine with brilliant color, tannin and substance. It was then racked into new (51%), one year-old (39%) and 2 year-old (10%) 60-gallon French oak barrels, where it aged for over 20 months before bottling.<br/><br/> About The Winery: K2 or Everest? It’s all a matter of taste, and whichever you choose, you’re still above the fog line. Each Mountain Cabernet in Atlas Peak’s portfolio expresses its own distinct high-elevation terroir. These mountain appellations frame the Napa Valley and provide ideal growing conditions for bold, well-structured wines.<br/><br/> Our goal at Atlas Peak is to create wines that reflect their origin. Mountain Cabernet is known for its lush, full-bodied character with big, bold tannins, and deep, concentrated color. The Mountain Cabernet Series includes five wines sourced from four of the finest mountain appellations in Napa: Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Howell Mountain.<br/><br/> <strong>WINE FROM HIGHER GROUND:</strong> Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District, and Mount Veeder are the cornerstone mountain vineyards behind Atlas Peak’s Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon series. These mountain appellations frame the Napa Valley and provide ideal growing conditions for bold, well-structured wines. Thin soils, lots of sunlight and cooler daytime temperatures force grapes to go into survival mode, building the character needed to make wines that express the rugged elegance which come from great fruit and hard work in hard-to-reach places.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Whether it was the mountains in Argentina, New Zealand or Spain, high-altitude winemaking is the pioneering force behind the new Atlas Peak Mountain Cabernet Series. Nick has always felt that Napa Cabernet is a place of extremes. East vs. West and North vs. South means that wines that are uniquely different can be experienced under the one label. The beginning of this adventure began in 2003 where the exploration of altitude within the large Atlas peak appellation showed wines of incredible difference. If we took that concept and laid it over the whole of the Napa Valley, what would we end up with?<br/><br/> The mountain series from Atlas Peak explores this diversity at a whole different level. Fruit from four mountains surrounding Napa Valley: Mt.Veeder, Spring Mountain District, Howell Mountain and Atlas Peak are compared. The team has been instrumental in sourcing extraordinary fruit from Napa’s upper elevations, using these mountain grapes to craft wines of incredible character and depth.<br/><br/> Once harvested these grapes are then treated with utmost care in the winery. No two wines are made alike. Each wine is made specifically to its sight. Whether it is a largely tannic block or one with more elegance, extraction is determined as to what will give the final blend the best result. Then soothing the wild soul of the juice as it rests in French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months—all to create wines that express the perfect harmony of powerful structure, refined ruggedness and nirvana-like opulence.<br/><br/> What you will taste is a balance to fruit, finesse and deep rich complexity that can only be expressed from the extremes of mountain winemaking.<br/><br/> - From the North East you will try the powerful fruit with deep color, impressive balance and generous, but not necessarily harsh, tannins of the Howell mountain.<br/><br/> - From the Northwest, Spring Mountain gives you, comparatively, softer tannins, moderate yet still substantial fruit definition, and more supple mouthfeel.<br/><br/> - From the South West the starkness of Mt Veeder gives you a restraint in power and full structure that lasts in the mouth<br/><br/> - And finally from the South East at Atlas Peak which is probably the most complete and seamless of the lot with rich, lush and bold tannins and concentrated fruit flavors that explode on your palate.<br/><br/> Come and join us in our exploration and enjoyment of our mountain wines!<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: Vintage:<br/><br/> 2005<br/><br/> Wine Type:<br/><br/> Red Wine<br/><br/> <strong>Varietals:</strong> Claret - 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Atlas Peak<br/><br/> <strong>Acid:</strong> 6.14 g/l<br/><br/> <strong>PH:</strong> 3.64<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/>

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