October 16- October 28, 2013
Haystack Vineyard, Atlas Peak The Atlas Peak region, Napa Valley’s highest appellation, is home to our Haystack Vineyard, an extremely rocky site, where struggling vines create small, intensely concentrated berry clusters. Resting at 1,500 feet in the Vaca Mountains, this picturesque, 22-acre vineyard produces expressive red wines with complex layers of flavor. Cloud’s Nest Vineyard, Mt. Veeder Soaring high above the valley floor to 1,500 feet in the Mt. Veeder appellation, our 13-acre Cloud’s Nest Vineyard is incredibly steep with gravelly soil. The vines here struggle to survive in the rugged, unforgiving terrain of the Mayacamas Mountains, resulting in wines with exceptional complexity and intensity. A cool, eastern exposure gives the grapes more time on the vine to develop the region’s signature bold, luscious flavors.
The 2013 growing season in Napa Valley was preceded by an exceptionally dry winter. It began with an early bud-break, followed by mild spring weather with very little threat of frost. Consistently warm temperatures throughout the summer, coupled with Napa Valley’s signature cool nights and foggy mornings, ensured slow and even ripening of the fruit, with slightly higher yields than previous years. Autumn brought ideal conditions for a smooth harvest, delivering a vintage of exceptional quality.
“The pinnacle of the portfolio, this sustainably sourced Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense ruby, almost purple, color indicative of its highly concentrated palate. The nose is rich, with powerful spice and black fruit aromas. Earthy flavors of clove and anise are framed by brawny tannins and a robust structure. This wine reflects the intensity of its mountain origins and has tremendous aging potential.” – Mario Monticelli