Exclusive Import featuring one bottle of each of the 2015 Mount Peak Sentinel Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2015 Mount Peak Gravity Red Blend.
One-Off introductory Pricing. Regular RRP $280
The story of Mount Peak Winery begins more than a century ago at the celebrated Monte Rosso Vineyard and culminates with the recent revival of the brand by E. J. Gallo (one of America's largest family-owned wine companies). A vestige of one of California's great "ghost" wineries, the wines are a tribute to the extraordinary facility that once stood there. Originally built in 1886, Mount Peak was a marvel of innovation with its three-story, gravity-flow system built from rock directly sourced from the dry-farmed Monte Rosso vineyard. While it ultimately emerged as one of California's top producers, it was closed during Prohibition and left abandoned to the elements, laying silent for decades.
Over 130 years later, Gallo has revived the site and the vineyard, perched at nearly 1,300 feet along the spine of the Mayacamas Mountains, straddling the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The steep hillsides are set against a dramatic backdrop and the new Mount Peak label will focus on Cabernet, Zinfandel, and a red blend from the original Monte Rosso fruit. Made from 97% Cabernet and 3% Petite Syrah, 82% of the fruit comes from the Sentinel block of the Monte Rosso vineyard with the additional fruit coming from Napa and Sonoma counties.
The Monte Rosso vineyard itself straddle the boundary between Sonoma and Napa, and is an ancient, terra-rossa strewn site that has produced some of the regions most acclaimed (and highly rated wines). Think BIG Parker scores of the last decade or two, and you will no doubt find the name Monte Rosso appearing somewhere in the list. It's an enigmatic vineyard, and is known to produce quite shapely, power driven reds, with muscular tannins.
The Sentinel Cabernet Sauvignon is inspired by the shield-shaped block overseeing the entrance to Monte Rosso Vineyard, a site that produces grapes with the layers and power that are the foundation of great Cabernet. The Gravity Red Blend is named for a remote, hard-to-reach block on one of the lowest slopes of the Monte Rosso Vineyard and is made up of Petit Sirah (Durif), Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
These varieties create a vivid expression of the power and depth. This dark, dense wine is layered with stunning flavors ranging from boysenberry and blueberry jam to blackberry and fig. The dark berry and fig flavors pull together with accents of black truffle and dusty cocoa that create a full-bodied mouthfeel framed by assertive tannins and a long, concentrated finish.