- Producer: Au Sommet - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Heidi Barrett
- Region (AVA): Napa (Atlas Peak)
- Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 450 cases
- Winery location: St. Helena
- Owners: John Schwartz and Heidi Barrett
- First vintage: 2008
- Drinking window: 2016-2036
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 2015
"John Schwartz's 2015 Au Sommet is superb. Nuanced, polished and super-delicious, the 2015 possesses exceptional finesse and texture in the mid-weight, gracious style that is Heidi Barrett's signature. The flavors are dark and incisive in this dark, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Even so, the 2015 retains terrific freshness for the year. Black cherry, lavender, graphite, plum and menthol add striking layers of nuance."
95 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, March 2018)