Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2012| A memorable Syrah – for Napa Cabernet Lovers!
Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2012 presents a beautiful dark ruby colored red. Generous and complex aromas of blueberry fruit tinged with violets, bramble, and espresso bean. While muscular with ample weight and endurance. Then revealing broad Cabernet-like mouthcoating fruit redolent of juicy mountain blueberry, black cherry. Finally underscored by a roasted espresso note leading to a lengthy finish balanced by zippy, mouthwatering acidity and lingering generous dark-berried fruit notes. A voluptuous, crowd-pleaser that won’t last long in your decanter and calls for a marbled porterhouse or T-bone. Drink now-2025.
Michelin-starred Redd in Yountville, Spruce in San Francisco, Charlie Palmer, The Lodge at Pebble Beach—all carry Aril wines on their lists. Founded in 2006 by Joanne and Harmon Brown, grapes are sourced from four distinct vineyards in Napa; one of our longtime favorites is Antica’s Antinori property, 1,500 feet up on the rugged reaches of Atlas Peak. While this is among the highest appellations in Napa Valley and one of the coolest. Furthermore, a mecca for wineries like Caymus, Bryant Family, Colgin, Chappellet and others, who prize the fruit eked out from the steep, high-elevation slopes. Perfect for the Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2012.
Aril Winery | Harmon & Joanne Brown
The history of Aril wines is a love story. A love story about a beautiful little vineyard perched above the Napa Valley. And a love story about a wine that changed their lives.
First, Joanne and Harmon met in Telluride, Colorado, where he was running a popular restaurant. And she was heavily involved in the Telluride Foundation. They began to talk about food and wine, and then of many other things. What started as a romance grew into a strong partnership and a dream. Harmon had run a winery in Napa, and Joanne had always loved the classic Syrahs of the Rhone Valley and Provence…wines enjoyed by connoisseurs and French Kings.
Winemaker Nate Weiss
Winemaker Nate Weiss—formerly of Patz & Hall, whose deft touch with Cabernet and barrel-aging snagged him a post in 2014 at iconic Napa winery Silver Oak Cellars—found himself dealt a straight flush in the 2012 vintage. So it was a vintage in which nearly everything went right. While from mid-June to late August, barely a drop of rain fell. Even so, temperatures remained mild, absent any significant heat spikes. At harvest, Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2012 grape yields were high but almost paradoxically, the concentration was extreme.
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Big and bold, this is a Cabernet drinker’s Syrah | From Nate Weiss (now of Caymus fame) | Think Big Steaks and Chops | 95 Point Gold Medal Winner|
|Why now?||$50 at the winery | $39 with free ship on 4+|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||95 CWA (California Wine Advisors) | Best in Class LA International Wine Competition, 95 Points, Gold Medal|
|What is it?||Atlas Peak, Napa Valley Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||Syrah | ABV 14.1|
|When to drink?||now thru 2025+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red & White Meat, Poultry, Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Great Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Grilled Big Huge Large Steaks & Chops|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 15 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||5+ Includes Free Shipping|