Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1/13-Michael Horn & Nicole Nielsen talk with Nate Weis & Mitch Cosentino

Mitch Weis - Winemaker, Aril Wines
We are very proud of our initial effort in winemaking. both of our wines scored in the 90's for the 2008 vintage. The Wine Spectator said "Atlas Peak's reputation for Syrah can only grow as a result of this wine." The Wine Enthusiast stated that the wine "displays a rustic earth minerality along with the supple plum and black cherry fruit and is complex and layered, turning delicate despite its structured earthiness."
Our winemaker, Nate Weis, notes that the 2008 Atlas Peak Syrah is a big wine with a rich body framed by ample lively acidity. The color is deep purple and on the nose there is spice and fruit, with black pepper and brambly black cherry aromas accented by toasty oak. The 2008 Estate wine is softer and more delicate than its burly cousin. The body is light and soft with medium weight. The acidity on the palate draws the wine into focus and dominates the long finish.
This year we will produce two new wines. 2012 will be the first vintage of our estate cabernet and we are looking forward to another great cabernet wine from grapes grown on Pritchard Hill. The other wine is a syrah rose. Last year we produced 25 bottles for our own cellar. It has the characteristics of a true French rose and we were so pleased with it that we are producing it commercially this year.

Cosentino began making wine in small lots in Modesto, California in 1980. Ten years later he moved the Cosentino Winery operation to the Napa Valley, where he continued to make many award-winning varietal and blended wines.
Cosentino has a gift for identifying fruit sources and is highly skilled and artistic in determining blends. He’s a big believer in the hands-on, old world use of punched cap fermentation, a labor-intensive, hand-crafted method of winemaking. When it comes to the small lots Cosentino puts into his pureCru blends, this "micro" approach to winemaking allows him to better control the delicate process from the vineyard to the bottle.
He has appearances in Florida next week:
DATE             DAY   ID        LOCATION              TIME
1/18/2014        SAT     913      913-St. Petersburg      2:00PM-6:00PM
1/19/2014        SUN    901      901-Tampa                  1:00PM-5:00PM
1/20/2014        MON   910      910-Clearwater           4:00PM-6:00PM
1/22/2014        WED   920      920- Millenia               4:00PM-6:00PM
1/23/2014        THU    909      909-Orlando                4:00PM-6:00PM

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