2012 Ardente Estate Winery | Cabernet Sauvignon | Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

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    • The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows beautiful depth of color, and aromas of ripe, dark fruit with a touch of sweet vanilla. The wine offers deeper flavors of blueberry on the palate and echoes the lush fruit and vanilla bean essence brought forth by the nuances of French oak aging. This is a well-structured Cabernet with tannins that are soft and supple. This wine would perfectly complement a grilled rib-eye smothered with blue cheese or an herb-roasted rack of lamb. "A rich, satisfying Cabernet, packed with blackberry, cherry and mocha flavors, with a touch of herbs and mint.”

      • Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
      • Appellation: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
      • Varietal: The blend consists of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2 % Cabernet Franc.
      • Vintage: 2012
      • The warm summer days combined with cool evenings provided a perfect growing season for our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The concentrated, well ripened berries resulted in a dark red wine, with complex flavors of cassis, black currant and Bing cherries. The wine spent 2 years in small French oak barrels, and aged another 30 months in the bottle, resulting in a luscious wine with moderate tannins and well balanced acidity.
      • Production: 500 cases
      • Drink: Now-25 yrs
    • Pierre Birebent:  Pierre Birebent is a fifth generation winegrower. He grew up on the family vineyard in Corsica France. Pierre studied and received his degree in viticulture and enology from “Lycee Agricole Macon-Davaye” in Macon, Burgundy France. In 1985 he moved to California to continue his employment in Winemaking. Pierre is a proud father of his son Paul, and daughter Isabelle. Pierre worked as vineyard manager for Stags Leap Winery from 1994-1995 and Kuletto Family Vineyard between 1997- 1998. In addition he was making wine for Costello Vineyards from 1992-1993 and 1995-1997. Pierre has been with Signorello Vineyards since 1998. His dedication, hard work, knowledge and passion for wine are key components in the quality wines that are produced here at Signorello Vineyards.
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      • 94 PointsMaster Sommelier, Catherine Fallis
      • Powerful, rich, round and supple, this mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of dried cranberry, black currant, plum, fig, mushroom, charred pasilla pepper, cinnamon raisin bread, chocolate mousse, devil’s food cake, tobacco, and sweet toasty oak. It is firm and full-bodied with a fleshy middle and ample, gripping tannins on the long, flavorful finish.
      • 94 Points“Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer, @sawyersommelier
      • Although it’s in the hills a few miles east of downtown Napa; the Atlas Peak appellation is a hidden gem not visited as often as the more popular areas on the valley floor. What makes this region so special is a mixture of rugged hillsides, narrow windy roads, warm days and cool winds that drop the temperature quickly in the late afternoon. Thus, growing grapes is not for the faint of heart. One of the brave wine lovers to plant grapes on this steep terrain is Carlo Di Ruocco, the founder of Mr. Espresso specialty coffees, who believed the terroir of Atlas Peak had great promise in the early 1990s. After purchasing property and developing a 20-acre parcel of estate vineyards with his wife Marie Francoise, the family founded Ardente Estate Winery in 1996. In Latin, “ardente” means a burning desire. Following their passion, the Di Ruocco family’s commitment to quality shows in their new elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The end result is heavy aromas of blue and black fruits, mountain herbs, licorice, roasted walnuts, and fine French oak. On the palate, the lavish flavors are highlighted with notes of dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate, mineral, chewy tannins, smooth texture, and a long rewarding finish. Think of a mountain inside a bottle. And bingo! That’s the Ardente Select Reserve, Atlas Peak, and the great 2012 vintage all encapsulated in each sip of this fabulous limited release wine. With food, try this wine with pasta and a hearty red sauce, pork roast, rack of lamb, grilled steaks, or a fine cigar after dinner. Note: This wine is still young and loaded with concentrated flavors. So decant or let it breath in the glass for a few minutes, then enjoy!

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