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Mark Aselstine
May 24, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Tasting Cabernet on Atlas Peak

Gorgeous View from Atlas Peak


During a recent trip to wine country in February we had a chance to spend a few hours visiting a winery on Atlas Peak. Although the winery is going to remain nameless for the time being since it is set to be included in a future shipment, we’ll file an update and likely an interview with the owner/winemaker once we’ve shipped his impressive Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak has began receiving some attention nationally for the Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the mountain vineyards with a front page story even appearing on Wine Enthusiast Magazine in January.

The AVA has gained attention largely due to the success of Stagecoach Vineyard which has been used by such wine luminaries such as Uncorked Ventures favorite Paul Hobbs, Caymus, Plumpjack, Quintessa, and Pahlmeyer. Stagecoach is a good example of how the weather conditions create an interesting mix on Atlas Peak. Summer daytime temperatures are warm and since most plantings occur above the fog line, the average temperature sit at just below the level as the Oakville mean for Napa Valley. Nightime temperature drops are common partially because the AVA sits almost directly north of Carneros and receives the same type of maritime influence which has made Carneros famous.

So why try wine from Atlas Peak? To start, it offers a nice quality/price ratio as a relatively unknown AVA within Napa Valley. Secondly, mountain fruit has become more and more expensive during the past few vintages which have offered abundant enough sunshine to achieve full ripeness. Without the fog, ripeness should never be a major concern on Atlas Peak and it should offer a nice alternative to more pricy and well known AVA’s such as Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain and Diamond Mountain.

Mark Aselstine
May 24, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Welcome to the Official Uncorked Ventures Blog

Welcome to the official Blog of Uncorked Ventures. We hope you’ll find this to be a space which allows for continued direct interaction, but also an informational resources for wine drinkers. While we’ll try and share information on wine regions, wineries, winemakers, related businesses within the industry and of course those folks who own and manage anyone in the above groups. Over time you’ll be accustomed to seeing interviews, AVA informational articles, descriptions of winemaking techniques, recommendations for unknown quality wineries and much more.

One thing both Matt and I have enjoyed about opening Uncorked Ventures is the amazing access we’ve been accorded within the wine industy. From our first meeting with winemaker/GM Jean Hoefliger at Alpha Omega we’ve been amazed at the access we have to decision makers and the people who really make this industry such a special one to be a part of. So many of our friends and family enjoy hearing these stories and while we’ve tried to share them at times on our personal blogs (Mark & Matt), keeping a more centralized version here makes sense long term. Of course, we realize there are also a good number of people who would like to join the industry so we hope some of our interview series will help people to see what it’s like behind the scenes.

Lastly, yes we both read plenty of other wine blogs. From well known outlets such as Vinography and Fermentation which cover the wider industry to more localized blogs such as the NY Cork Report blogs and bloggers can be an invaluable resource to us, but also to our readers. Over time, we hope to bring not only blogger interviews, but also guest blogs in this space.

If you have questions, please feel free to send them our way (info @uncorkedventures.com) we’re happy to help answer wine related questions and much more.

Time Posted: May 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM