2020 Wonderland Project No. 9 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cab is grown on a west-facing slope, above the fog line, on the northern ridge of the Atlas Peak AVA. The palate is dense and complex, marked by a long and polished finish. All we can say is, there’s a reason this graces the wine list at the French Laundry.
Organic farming practices, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and only 1,000 cases produced.
Founded in 2010, The Wonderland Project was created by wine broker and former sommelier Matt Ahern, along with the help of prestigious Sonoma grape growers. After years of selling wine to elite restaurants in the western United States, Ahern noticed a recurring missing item from most lists: high-quality wine made from impeccable fruit at an accessible cost.
Upon being unable to fill this niche himself, Ahern was inspired to fulfill the market lack himself. Today, The Wonderland Project produces Sonoma County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from organically-farmed vineyards in Carneros. All wines are fermented with native yeasts and vinified with low-intervention methods in the cellar.
Known inherently as the best red grape variety in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon is the epitome of a perfect international traveller. Boasting strong black fruit flavors, It can give distinct characteristics varying by the region and soil it comes from. These bold, concentrated, and age-worthy wines can lay down roots and thrive all around the world. Cabernet Sauvignon is a natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc originating from Bordeaux, France. The rich flavor and high tannin make a perfect pair to flavorsome red meats or simply elegant on their own.
NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is “King.” The valley itself in Northern California is not very big, but it is home to some of the most expensive and prestigious vineyards in California. Napa is separated from Sonoma and Central Coast by two sets mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Mountains to the east. Being in a valley, this region can heat up pretty quickly. However, there are cooling influences like fog and ocean breezes from the San Pablo Bay that help to moderate the temperature within the valley. With more heat comes more concentrated, fuller-bodied wines, making this the perfect place for Cabernet Sauvignon. Other primary red grapes of focus are Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. The principal white varieties to look for here are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You may also find Pinot Noir in the more southerly area of Los Carneros AVA where it can get cool enough to produce high-quality Pinot Noir. Featured AVA’s include Howell Mountain, Calistoga, St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Los Carneros, Stags Leap District, Oakville, and Rutherford.