Atelier Winery’s first vintage consisted of 2 wines: the 2002 Contra Coast Mourvedre and the 2002 Contra Costa Zinfandel. Founders Ondine Chattan and David Reed were taken by this little known region the first time they tasted its wines.
The 2004 Contra Costa Zinfandel has received very good scores from several major wine critics. This wine has notes of cherries, raspberries, and spice. It also has a bit of vanilla on the palate from oak age.
Atelier’s 2003 Alexander Valley Syrah is made with grapes from a vineyard near the town of Asti. Three different clones were used to make this wine. It was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months and has a deep color.
The 2004 Rockpile Zinfandel is a gorgeous example from this Northern Sonoma wine region. Rockpile has only a few hundred acres of vineyards, but these grapes are highly coveted by winemakers. This wine has flavors of plums with a distinctive earthiness.