Scribe Cabernet Atlas West (750ml)
Scribe Winery in Sonoma, California produces vibrant, terroir-driven wines. The Vaca Mountains are the easternmost of California’s Coastal Range, slicing deftly between the Napa and Sacramento valleys. Sitting atop this range is Atlas Peak, a jagged, fertile mountain slope that has been home to vineyards since the late 1800s. This wild edge of California has been Scribe’s Napa outpost since 2007. The winery sits on a property that pioneered pre-prohibition Sonoma Valley winemaking–is managed by fourth-generation California farmers and brothers, Andrew and Adam Mariani.
Notes of juicy black cherry, red currants, and clove dominate the palate. The wine is elemental, tasting of volcanic soil, the salty wind from the San Pablo Bay, the early morning sun — all that makes California wild and free.
Atlas Peak is as beautiful as it is rugged. The vineyard sits on the southeastern facing slope, a rare exposure that allows for lots of morning sun and ridgeline shade in the afternoon. This cool ripening at 1,600 feet (well above the fog line) produces bright, energetic fruit that is unmistakably mountainside Napa. The fruit for this wine grows in red volcanic soils and is vinified in open-top steel tanks, followed by 21 months of aging in new and used oak.
A closer look at the 2017 vintage and winemaking – After much needed, record-breaking winter rains lingered into early Spring, the vines came out of dormancy in mid-March. Wet soils and mild temperatures moved the vines through to veraison with ease, before several heat waves jump started an early, quick harvest. The Atlas West Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested between September 11th and October 6th,2017. The fruit was fully destemmed and fermented in open-top stainless-steel fermenters where the must underwent a short cold maceration followed by a wild yeast fermentation. The wine was pressed off after 18-28 days on skins. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 60-gallon barriques of which 31% were new French oak and the remainder were all neutral French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on June17th, 2019.