2010 is the first vintage of this single-vineyard, cab-based red from Atlas Peak, and a highly successful inaugural effort it is. Sourced from a 15-acre parcel and located between 1270 and 1350 feet in elevation, this is a wine produced in a run of less than 900 cases and that promises to be among the more in-demand new releases of the year. I strongly recommend it.
Michael Mondavi Family Estate “Animo” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Atlas Peak
83% Cabernet Sauvignon / 17% Petit Verdot
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Aromas of cedar, sandalwood, pencil led, spice, and currants are both exotic and classic all at once: Beautiful. Flavors of currants, cedar, a bit of coconut, pencil, and charred sage are buttressed by tannins that are still a bit drying at this stage, but that promise, with the balanced acidity, to allow this excellent wine to age for another decade and a half. The finish hints at lavender and violets, as well as black currants and oak that still will absorb for another couple of years. Delicious, honest wine. One for the cellar. Drink 2015 - 2028+.