Au Sommet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml - 13793
Au Sommet (o-so-may)...To the top, the very highest point at which we excel at what we do! We are certainly facing a new challenge to winemaking in California. As I write, a historic fire season continues to consume unfathomable acreage in our state, sending smoke as far as the east coast and Europe. Napa Valley was (again) an epicenter when lightning strikes ignited the Hennessy Fire that advanced out of control toward Atlas Peak throughout the night of August 17 and eventually encircled Au Sommet two days later. As you know, we opted not to produce a 2017 vintage due to the fires that ravaged wine country during the harvest in October. Then in 2018, the Camp Fire up north in Paradise dropped enough smoke on Napa Valley during veraison in late July that the potential smoke damage gave us pause. Now, more than likely, most of the 2020 vintage in Napa Valley for red grapes will be jeopardized as well. It is hard to believe that three of the last four years were blighted by smoke — an unprecedented hazard in our wine industry. Although some wineries will release wines from the various vintages, we decided that our integrity and brand identity (and your palates!) are far too important to produce a wine that falls even slightly below our high threshold for the best possible juice from our estate. The 2019 Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon is a magnificent and true reflection of our gorgeous vineyards sitting 2100 feet atop Atlas Peak. The blend is 97% Cabernet and 3% Petit Verdot. We produced 535 cases along with a few dozen 1.5L magnums and even fewer 5L jeroboams. All of the large formats are hand-signed by Heidi. We plan to ship these wines to you next Fall, 2021. Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon is unlike so many other Napa Cabs due to the elevation of the mountain fruit and minerality/earthiness that the grapes obtain from the volcanic soils and deep-rooted vines. The 2019 growing season was ideal, even-tempered, affording the grapes extended hang time and concentration.