91 Points - Wine Spectator
Our love of mountain Cabernet here at WineHeist is well documented; there is just something about Cabernet grown at higher elevations in Napa that takes the wines to another level. For this week's offer we traveled to Napa's highest, and perhaps most remote appellation, Atlas Peak. On the eastern side of the valley, this area begins at 760 feet in elevation, and extends all the way to the peak at 2,663 feet. Cobblestone Estate is an interesting project in that it is actually made up of three very distinct, small sites, each dedicated to a specific variety (even going as far away as New Zealand for Pinot Noir!). While we haven’t gotten to try the Chardonnay from the Central Coast, nor the Pinot from New Zealand, we can say with certainty that Cobblestone has selected a wonderful site on Atlas Peak for their Cabernet. And as the wine recently received 91 points from Wine Spectator, we are clearly not alone on this one.
The 2006 Cobblestone Reserve Cabernet is deep garnet in color, with a nose featuring classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and kirsch accompanied by notes of raspberry jam, violets, and cocoa. The palate is juicy and dark, with berry flavors dominating but joined by tobacco, plum, white pepper, and dark chocolate. The finish brings an interesting meaty flavor into the mix, with firm tannin just starting to resolve as this wine enters its prime drinking window. With 60% new oak and 3% Cabernet Franc in the mix, this complex wine delivers on multiple levels, and easily justifies its $70 price tag. Of course, when you go through WineHeist, you can save an incredible $20 and stock up on this cellar worthy Cab for under $50 a bottle.
Wine Type: Bold Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 26 months, 100% French oak, 60% new oak
Production: 300 cases
From his humble beginnings on a Michigan farm, Saul Levine became an FM radio pioneer in 1959 launching Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters in Southern California. Levine’s radio success helped him get back to his roots, and with his wife Anita he started Cobblestone Vineyards. For over 30 years Cobblestone only grew grapes for premium California wineries, until 2004 when the Levines released their own wines under the Cobblestone label. These limited production, single-vineyard wines have since received consistent acclaim from the top critics and publications, and are featured at many of the nation’s premier restaurants and wine shops.
Learn more at www.cobblestonewine.com.