- Producer: Au Sommet - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Heidi Barrett
- Region (AVA): Napa (Atlas Peak)
- Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 422 cases
- Winery location: St. Helena
- Owners: John Schwartz and Heidi Barrett
- First vintage: 2008
- Drinking window: 2016-2028+
About the Estate
In 2007, Heidi partnered with long-time friend John Schwartz to create Au Sommet, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from mountain vineyards on Atlas Peak. Unlike the Napa Valley floor, which is often covered in morning fog, the mountain vineyard is exposed to more sun during the growing season.
Refreshing mountain breezes cool the hot summer days, protecting the fruit from overheating. The nights are much cooler than other areas and can sometimes experience a 20-degree drop in temperature. These cool nights allow for slower maturation of the fruit, resulting in well-balanced, complex wine. The shallow volcanic soils limit vine growth, producing small amounts of fruit with exceptional, intense varietal character.
Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Sommet comes from well-known Atlas Peak Vineyard at an elevation of 2,100 feet. This is a dense, rich, inky purple-colored wine that offers earthy almost charcoal ember-like notes with plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is youthful and in need of another several years of bottle age as this is a substantial, full-throttle, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon built for long-term cellaring and should easily last a quarter of a century. This is a beauty and should be respected for such. Forget it for another 4-5 years.”
93 points, Robert Parker