Astrale e Terra
2004 Napa Valley Atlas Peak Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Atlas Peak
While we choose our wines to excite and delight you, we sometimes sleuth out a wine that rises above. And today’s rises way above.
Over the last six and a half years, we’ve closely followed Astrale e Terra winery and its fabled winemaker, Scott Harvey. Both have delighted us with superb hit wine after hit wine. Today’s perfectly aged Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is soft, elegant and perfectly pleasing to the senses. All of the senses.
On the palate, this wine is soft and slightly plush with a crushed velvet grippiness that gradually encroaches at the edges. On the nose, the wine is a tad shy on opening. As it breathes, it awakens to reveal lovely aromatic fruit, leather, tobacco and soft spice.
This very highly recommended wine is drinking beautifully and it will continue to impress for a few more years to come.
Darkest maroon with a dark and slightly opaque heart of purple.
Big and bold with stewed plum, blackberry and blueberry compote, milk chocolate, aged tobacco, soft leather, black cherry and a touch of briar patch.
Shy on opening, but as you swirl this wine, it opens to reveal dark and lush fruits of black cherry, mixed berry compote, braised fig, and braised plum. These are accompanied by leather and sweet spice.
Very long, especially if you enjoy after extended decanting. Dark fruits and earth gradually yield to hints of black pepper and cinnamon stick.
Enjoy this elegant and perfectly aged Cabernet with a rare, herb rubbed filet mignon.
What the Winery Says
A wine produced exclusively from our estate on Atlas Peak by Winemaker Scott Harvey, the 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant balance between lush fruit and velvety tannins. This extremely limited production wine opens with intriguing aromas of blackberry jam and currant, then is layered with clove and eucalyptus characteristics. On the palate, the dense berry is accompanied by red licorice, tobacco, and a hint of bay leaf. Hints of spice and dusty earth linger on the long and luxurious finish.
- Scott Harvey
- Wine Composition
- 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
- Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
- 210 Cases
About the Winery
Whether we were traveling abroad or eating at our favorite local restaurant, we enjoyed experiencing a diverse array of wines and determining our own criteria for what made a wine special.
For a long time owning a winery was just a dream, until the day we found the piece of land that we knew could be the home of a very special wine. We were driving up a peaceful, winding road in a small valley in northern California, 1,250 feet above the main valley floor and sheltered by stony, majestic hills. As we gazed at the cloudless azure sky and the softly rolling hills laced with grapevines, it felt as though we were in another world. We knew this was where our dreams of winemaking were going to be made a reality.
That day, we sensed two powerful forces at work: heaven and the earth. ‘Astrale e Terra’ is Italian for ‘heaven and earth,’ and with our interest in astronomy and archaeology, the name’s inspiration seemed only natural. We look forward to sharing the fruits of our labor of love with you!