ERBA MOUNTAINSIDE VINEYARDS, CABERNET SAUVIGNON

 

NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 2012

 

 

It is understandable that some of Napa's most iconic names (Pride, Quintessa, Duckhorn, Caymus, and many more) source fruit from Atlas Peak—the intense dark character and distinct minerality obtained from the grapes grown in the western slopes of the Vaca Mountains are too impressive and tantalizing to ignore. The smaller estates within the appellation take the lead in perfecting the unmistakable qualities that define this “Atlas Peak” style, and their hands-on approach produces wines that showcase everything we love about this appellation. One such estate, Erba Mountainside Vineyards, produced its first vintage in 2003 and Robert Parker of Wine Advocate quickly recognized the impressive and powerful character of the wines. We’ve sourced an allocation of the 2012 Erba Cabernet Sauvignon—a vintage crafted by esteemed winemaker Luc Morlet, whose resume includes Peter Michael and Staglin—and are sharing our good fortune with you today. We’re offering this library vintage with unbeatable Concierge pricing up to 30% off for one week, or until sold out! 

 

In 1998, after two years of scouring the AVA for a premium spot, Paul and Debbie Erba acquired 20 acres of a wonderfully unique microclimate within the appellation sitting between 1,100 and 1,500 feet in elevation (just above the famous Napa fog line). The vineyard’s southern facing exposure allows grapes to achieve full ripeness even in cooler years, and the late afternoon shade provided by the mountain ridge protects the grapes from the intense heat of the afternoon sun. The Erbas planted all five Bordeaux varieties plus Syrah in 14 distinct blocks, but 70% of the vineyards are devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard’s rocky, volcanic soils and steep slopes contribute to the grapes' amazing depth and complexity, which consistently produce wines that flaunt their distinctive Atlas Peak personality. 

 

2012 was “a solid vintage across the board marked by a tannic spine that will age well” and was much-welcomed across the board in Napa, especially coming on the heels of a very rainy and inconsistent 2011 (Wine Spectator). After eight years in bottle, the tannins have softened substantially and the purity of fruit is shining, with a core of dark fruit surrounded by evolved notes of leather, spice, and bittersweet chocolate. If you’re not already a fan of Atlas Peak Cabernet, the 2012 Erba Cabernet is the perfect introduction. Act soon to take full advantage of our unbeatable Concierge pricing, available for one week only!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2020. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IL, LA, MO, NY, TN, or WI.