Atlas Peak is one of the most prominent peaks in the Napa Valley. At an elevation of 2,663
feet, the vineyards along the western slopes of the Vaca Range are steep, rugged and difficult
to farm but the incredible fruit quality and flavor development reward the effort. Although
the area grows many Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon excels in this high elevation
environment. The grapes for this wine come from Haystack Vineyard.
To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cold soaked the destemmed grapes
for gentle flavor extraction. During fermentation, regular pumpovers incorporate the
flavor-rich skins into the juice. Malolactic fermentation, which naturally changes the malic
acid into softer lactic acid, rounds the flavors. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is barrel aged exclusively in French
oak (60% new) for 22 months.