Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon

Au Sommet

2019 AU SOMMET NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Au Sommet (o-so-may)...To the top, the very highest point at which we excel at what we do!

We are pleased to offer you a three-bottle allocation of Au Sommet 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon.

We are certainly facing a new challenge to winemaking in California. As I write, a historic fire season continues to consume unfathomable acreage in our state, sending smoke as far as the east coast and Europe. Napa Valley was (again) an epicenter when lightning strikes ignited the Hennessy Fire that advanced out of control toward Atlas Peak throughout the night of August 17 and eventually encircled Au Sommet two days later.

As you know, we opted not to produce a 2017 vintage due to the fires that ravaged wine country during the harvest in October. Then in 2018, the Camp Fire up north in Paradise dropped enough smoke on Napa Valley during veraison in late July that the potential smoke damage gave us pause. Now, more than likely, most of the 2020 vintage in Napa Valley for red grapes will be jeopardized as well. It is hard to believe that three of the last four years were blighted by smoke — an unprecedented hazard in our wine industry. Although some wineries will release wines from the various vintages, we decided that our integrity and brand identity (and your palates!) are far too important to produce a wine that falls even slightly below our high threshold for the best possible juice from our estate.

In the meantime, we are pleased to offer you an allocation of our 2019 Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a magnificent and true reflection of our gorgeous vineyards sitting 2100 feet atop Atlas Peak. The blend is 97% Cabernet and 3% Petit Verdot.

We produced 535 cases along with a few dozen 1.5L magnums and even fewer 5L jeroboams. All of the large formats are hand-signed by Heidi. We plan to ship these wines to you next Fall, 2021.

Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon is unlike so many other Napa Cabs due to the elevation of the mountain fruit and minerality/earthiness that the grapes obtain from the volcanic soils and deep-rooted vines. The 2019 growing season was ideal, even-tempered, affording the grapes extended hang time and concentration.

We urge you to secure your allocation in a timely manner. There’s not much Au Sommet Cabernet Sauvignon available, especially after losing two vintages in a row! You may submit the attached order form or email Eileen@AmuseBoucheWine.com. You may also request a large format on a first-on basis.

96
Points
The Wine Advocate
2016 Vintage
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the Au Sommet 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 full-bodied, firm, grainy and refreshing with incredible intensity, finishing very long and earthy." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2018
96
Points
The Wine Advocate
2015 Vintage
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon struts out of the glass with bold cassis, crushed black cherries and blackberries with touches of menthol, pencil lead, tapenade, lavender, espresso and bay leaves. The lively palate is full-bodied with firm, grainy, super ripe tannins and a fantastic mineral-tinged finish." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2018
95
Points
Antonio Galloni
2015 Vintage
"John Schwartz's 2015 Au Sommet is superb. Nuanced, polished and super-delicious, the 2015 possesses exceptional finesse and texture in the mid-weight, gracious style that is Heidi Barrett's signature. The flavors are dark and incisive in this dark, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Even so, the 2015 retains terrific freshness for the year. Black cherry, lavender, graphite, plum and menthol add striking layers of nuance." - January 2018