- 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: 2021-2047
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 2016
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up exuberant crushed blackcurrants, warm plums, wild blueberries and cloves with suggestions of violets, tilled black soil, tar, chargrill and cedar chest with a waft of unsmoked cigars. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and refreshing with incredible intensity, finishing very long and earthy."
96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)