Big, and bold, this fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from the good people at Atlas Peak Vineyards. Napa Valley is home to so many of my favorites, and this one quickly joined the list. It is a mighty cab that grabs right hold of you and doesn’t let go until you’ve finished the last drop. On a Friday night after a tough work week, the Atlas 2005 goes just perfectly with a grilled steak and a few scattered veggies that you pull off just to keep from feeling like a complete Viking.
It has a “depth” and vibrancy to it…flavors of all dark berries and spices that escape my description. After that great dinner, the Atlas kept good company while we turned up the tunes and blasted blues tunes loud and proud into the evening. Here’s tasting notes supplied from the winemakers: “Perched on the steep slopes and high ridges above Napa Valley, vines here struggle in thin soil to produce grapes of concentrated fruit and uncommon character. Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon draws upon its Atlas Peak Estate and other prestigious Napa Valley mountain appellations–each with its own personality–resulting in this superb mountain blend. Aged in French oak barrels in the Winery’s caves, this muscular Cabernet Sauvignon showcases deep berry flavors, intriguing vanilla complexity and a smooth, lingering finish.“
Pretty big talk, right? This bottle was part of a Buena Vista wine club membership, so finding it again will not be easy–the 2008 seems to dominate in online search–but the quest will be rewarding.