Atalon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 13 20 224 12
Dating back to 1888 and built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain that is now Atalon, 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. The famed Howell Mountain property was acquired by Jess Jackson family in 1996 and renamed the Keyes Vineyard in honor of the early farmer's pioneering viticultural contributions. Today, the historic 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. From the outstanding 2012 vintage this Atalon Cab is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot. The grapes were sourced from Coombsville, Oakville, Atlas Peak, Rutherford and Mt. Veeder. It aged in 35% new French oak barrels for 14 months. James Suckling scored it 91 points saying "A red with fresh, sweet strawberry and rose on the nose and palate. Full body with soft, velvety tannins and a gentle finish. Drink or hold."