2013 Acumen PEAK Cabernet Sauvignon
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot; 600 cases produced.
With every vintage our goal is to craft the finest wine that expresses the true heart of our 116 acre, organically farmed Estate on Atlas Peak. Our PEAK Cabernet Sauvignon is a selection of the very best blocks, barrel lots, and varietals from our two mountain vineyards, marrying the grace of Attelas and the power of Edcora. For optimal quality each vineyard block is picked and fermented separately in small tanks, then aged over 22 months in 85% new French Oak barrels. During this time our wine-making team tastes regularly, selecting unique and expressive components for the final blend.
2013 Vintage Notes
Whenever we taste though our wines, we always find echoes of the local fruits, plants, rocks, and soil that surround us, the deep and personal expression of our terroir. For the 2013 vintage there are aromas and fruit flavors of the black cherries, Santa Rosa plums, and fresh mountain blueberries that grow on the hillsides. The rugged landscape of our vineyards is reflected in the savory flavors of black olive tapenade, purple sage, and the native chaparral. The concentration, deep complexity and inherently powerful structure of the PEAK wines reflect our unique growing conditions at high elevation, with longer growing days at slightly cooler temperatures. The extremely long and pure finish shows hints of Tahitian vanilla, baking spices, and Mexican chocolate, leading to notes of pencil shavings and wet rocks inspiring quiet images of our rocky creek beds. With a compelling balance of complex flavors framed by ripe, mouth-coating tannins, we feel the 2013 PEAK Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to evolve beautifully for the next 20+ years.
We are so proud to share this inaugural vintage with you, a reflection of our land, our heart, and our hard work. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor.
“The 2013 Peak comes from the best blocks and barrels of Attelas Vineyard. From 2014 onward the Peak includes the best blocks and barrels from Edcora Vineyard as well.
Snugger, deeper-toned notes compared with the Peak Attelas. Rocky earth aromatics and flavours of resinous trees. Delicious, herbal, tree character here that gives a savoury depth to the wine and again that mountain rock element throughout. The mid palate opens to flavours with a richer hue without falling into excess or dehydration. Notes of molasses and the savoury note that comes from the
salt-and-pepper caramelised crust of a cooked roast just out of the oven. Ultra long, savoury finish. Fine, persistent tannin and mouth-watering acidity. Nicely done.” 18.5+ Points; A cut above superior -Elaine Chukan Brown, April 2017
Napa Valley Register
“2013 Acumen PEAK Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the very best blocks, marrying the grace of Attelas and the power of Edcora. Matthiasson said Attelas is more ‘feminine’ than Edcora, showing more pepper, red fruit and softer tannins, while Edcora is more masculine with black fruit and graphite.” -Paul Franson, May 2017
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