Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
From the slopes of Atlas Peak in the high elevation of Stags Leap district virtually across the road from the venerable Stagecoach Vineyard comes this beautiful Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was the first in a series of Napa Cabernet that would come to be known as "Inspire"
Plenty of tannin and black fruit that you would expect from a Napa Cab but . . . that soft edge, what is that? Oh yes, thats the tiny little addition of our estate Merlot taking the edge off taking this from a beverage to a pleasure.
NOTE: This wine has now exceeded our recommended bottle age period - if you still have one in your cellar, allow it to come to room temperature, carefully remove the cork and decant, without any splashing or bubbles. Taste immediately then let sit for 30 minutes and taste again. Continue tasting every 30 minutes until the wine is too good to wait any longer or until the wine is gone or the taster has fallen asleep. - Enjoy, Bill
Bud break in 2004 occurred early and the trend carried forward throughout the growing season. Heat spikes occurred in June and at scattered intervals throughout the summer season. Grapes completed veraison early and ripeness with well-developed sugars was realized early. We held back as acid balance eventually caught up. Temperatures were steady into one of our earliest harvests. Grape quality was very good with a crop that was smaller than average.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.