2017 PEAK Edcora Cabernet Sauvignon
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc; 105 cases produced
Showcasing the spectacular quality of Edcora Vineyard and the distinctive terroir of the Atlas Peak Appellation, this wine offers remarkable depth and richness, with concentrated aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, espresso and hints of sage and laurel. On the palate, a dynamic structure and fine-grained tannins underscore the luxurious fruit and spice flavors, resulting in a beautifully harmonious mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon that will age gracefully for years to come.
2017 Vintage Notes
The 2017 growing season started out with record precipitation providing vines with sufficient water tables to safely get them through several heat spikes that began as early as June and prior to the berries going through veraison. We usually see natural acidity maintained in our grapes due to our high elevation and as ripening often happens at a steady pace before most hot days occur late in the season.
Aided by naturally thicker skins and also the implementation of shade cloth in certain blocks, the early heat events therefore basically left us unaffected. Patience was however required as vines tend to slow down at higher temperatures extending the berries’ phenolic ripening.
While prolonged temperatures of 110+F in early September prompted several winemakers to begin harvesting red varietals our winemaking team held steadfast and patiently waited until the beginning of October before bringing in the first red varietals. Rewarded then with more moderate temperatures, the resulting wines express themselves as both full-bodied, greatly structured, and with ample but supple tannin levels.
Wine & Spirits
“Year's Best US Cabernets & Blends”
“Henrik Poulsen selects this wine from the 84-acre, southwest-facing Edcora Vineyard on Eric Yuan’s Atlas Peak estate. Garrett Buckland farms those vines organically, producing a 2017 with scents of roses and the tannic bristle of plum skins. Those tannins have a green edge, their herbal smokiness sustaining tension in the blueberry and dark plum flavors. A savory, mountain-grown cabernet, this needs time in a decanter or several years in the cellar before serving with braised lamb.” 92 Points: Exciting, distinctive; a wine that transcends simple typicity to its region or variety; a vivid, singular expression of place -Josh Greene, December 2019
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Peak Edcora Vineyard gives up baked berries, prunes, wild blueberries, garrigue and forest floor with fried herbs on the nose. The palate is full-bodied, firm and grainy with a good core of fruit and long, earthy finish.” 91 Points: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2019
“Lots of blackcurrants and blueberries on the nose and palate. Medium-to full-bodied, creamy and chewy tannins. A fine texture and a long finish. 97% cabernet sauvignon with cabernet franc, merlot and malbec. Drink or hold.” 91 Points: Outstanding -James Suckling, February 2020
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