2014 Mount Peak "Sentinel" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60) SKU #1318560

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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 Gallo. 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.

Staff Reviews

  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    The Mount Peak Sentinel Cabernet is a wine to not overlook. Again, the fruit is mostly coming from Monte Rosso, a vineyard utilized by great Cabernet producers like Louis Martini, Arrowood, Bedrock and others. Bold and dark fruited with undeniable structure, you could give this a year or two in the cellar and I think you'll be very happy.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    The fine and rather dusty tannins of the Mount Peak Cabernet should soften up rather quickly, giving short-term cellar fans something they can pop and pour before the end of the decade. Made primarily with fruit sourced from the Sentinel block of Monte Rosso vineyard, a shield-shaped section that marks the entrance to the property, the wine is dark and decadent, but never overtly oak or extracted. I think the big surprise of all three Mount Peak wines is how balanced they taste in the face of their huge alcohol levels. While I know most drinkers will gravitate to the highly-pointed red blend, the Cab is definitely the sleeper here. This could really open up down the line into something quite generous.


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