Au Sommet

Far away from the hustle and bustle of the Valley floor, the Au Sommet Estate sits at the 640 meters of elevation on the tranquil heights of Atlas Peak. One of Napa’s hidden diamonds, this ultra-rare Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by a winemaking legend: Heidi Barrett.

  • Region: Napa Valley
  • Winery Location: Atlas Peak
  • Owner: John Schwartz and Heidi Barrett
  • First Vintage: 2008
  • Winemaker: Heidi Barrett

Story

Heidi Barrett and co-owner John Schwartz started their first project together, Amuse Bouche, in 2002. With Amuse Bouche firmly established, in 2007 they bought the 3 hectare Au Sommet vineyard at the very top of Atlas Peak, as part of an 18 hectare Estate which is now John’s home. Only a few hundred cases are produced each year, making It a treasured wine by those lucky enough to secure an allocation.

Vineyards

The Au Sommet vineyard is one of the highest vineyard sites in Napa Valley. Unlike the Valley floor, which is often covered in morning fog, the mountain vineyard is exposed to more sun during the growing season. Refreshing mountain breezes cool the hot summer days, protecting the fruit from overheating. The nights are much cooler than other areas and can sometimes experience a huge drop in temperature. These cool nights allow for slower maturation of the fruit, resulting in well-balanced, complex wine. The shallow volcanic soils limit vine growth, producing small amounts of fruit with exceptional, intense varietal character.

Winemaking

Heidi Barrett grew up in the Napa Valley in a winemaking family and was destined to become one of California’s leading winemakers. It is said that winemaking is a combination of science and art. With a scientist-winemaker father and an artist mother it is no big surprise that Heidi was drawn to the wine industry. With great enthusiasm, a love for what she does, and an incredible wealth of experience, Heidi blends the art and science of winemaking like few can.

During her 15 year tenure (1992-2006) as winemaker for Screaming Eagle, and 9 years at Dalla Valle Vineyards (1988-1996), Heidi had arguably the biggest influence of anyone on the historic ‘Cult Napa Wines’ that emerged to huge critical acclaim in the early 1990s. These wines forever placed the Napa Valley among the World’s elite wine producing regions.

Latest arrivals from Au Sommet

2021 Au Sommet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak 3x75cl

Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot Vintage production: 400 cases The southern reaches of Napa's Vaca Mountain range is home to an enviable line-up of Estates including Chappellet,... Colgin, Bryant, Continuum and Kongsgaard. Overlooking them all from a height of 640m above sea level is the exclusive Au Sommet Estate on Atlas Peak. It's here that legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett produces the Au Sommet Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. When looking for the best 'Mountain Cabernets', the essential attributes are heightened minerality, complex dark fruit flavours, purity and elegance, all built upon an unmistakable structure: Au Sommet is the quintessential expression. Four Corners Wine: "The 2021 Au Sommet is an outright diamond and one of the finest vintages to date, quite possibly the best. The nose is tightly wound yet has massive depth with lots of classic volcanic minerality and black fruit. The palate is fantastic, a brilliant Cab of superb balance across the board. The tannins are to die for and the fruit profile is fabulous. This is a stunning Au Sommet that will evolve beautifully over the coming 20-30 years."
£620 / Case£206.67 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £755.23 / Case, £251.74 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days