2008 III Somms "Atlas" Napa Valley Red Wine

SKU #1140698

This brand, from three hospitality and wine professionals, was formed at a Portland, Oregon Pinot Noir event. The Atlas, however, is a traditional Bordeaux-style blend of Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot.

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/27/2014  | Send Email
Selected and approved by the 3 of the most respected sommeliers in the country!! Bernard Sun-The Corporate Beverage Director for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s four-star restaurant group; Janet Pouchot- Sommelier at Daniel, NY; Julius Chai - III Somms LLC. Their goal is collaborating to make wines that are delicious, high quality and great value. The 2008 Atlas is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 5% and Petit Verdot 5%. This is a bottle that will wow your guest at the next dinner party!!
Top Value!

 By: William Greer |  Review Date: 12/24/2013 
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This is an astoundingly good bottle of wine at this price. It would be a very good bottle at $25. It's full, fruity and forward, like a California red, but backs off right at the end and goes a little old world at the finish. Fantastic.

 By: Michael Sojka |  Review Date: 12/21/2013 
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if scoring using price as a consideration, I would say 5. This is very fruit forward and smooth. There is structure but the tannins have almost disappeared. Enjoy this with any kind of meat and also as a sipper before meals or with a chocolate dessert. It is not complex, but is easy to drink and very enjoyable. Great wine for a big party.
Drink from 2013 to 2014

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.