Atlas Peak Vineyards
In 1987, Antinori acquired a 1,200 acre estate at the top of Atlas Peak. The property contains a 35 acre lake and dramatically steep hillsides which produce a small valley within a valley. These features influence the distinct microclimates in the vineyards.
The main two varietals that Antinori decided to plant were Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. He previously pioneered the blending of these two varietals in the Super Tuscan style. The vineyards are also planted with Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.
The 2000 Reserve Sangiovese uses grapes from select parts of the vineyard. I’ve recently been drinking a lot of light to medium-bodied Italian Reds and enjoyed this wine. It goes great with light, casual dishes such as homemade pizza.
The 2000 Sangiovese captures the essence of the region and at a great value. It is quite rare to find any red wine from Napa in the 10 dollar range.