Brand: Atticus John is only made during the best harvests in Napa Valley. Although the actual vineyards [near St. Helena] and winemaker have managed to stay anonymous, there are only so many options, so it’s possible to theorize quite accurately. ☺
The accepted account behind the brand is that when this rather famous winemaker has a fantastic harvest, rather then bottle too many of his high priced wines [making them less rare and less in cost] he bottles the extra wine under a different label and price point. Essentially a $25 bottle that really is a $75 bottle. I consider this a win.
The name Atticus John is in honor to a local Napa Valley legend, Atticus John. According to the legend told by many Napa farmers, “he was a recluse who lived in the valley around the turn of the 20th century. He had several dozen large dogs and lived his whole life off of what the bountiful Napa soil had to offer.”
Winemaking: “Almost 32 barrels were blended with no fining, no filtration and one final racking to bottle.” From the front label: “Old vines and minimal wood secure the generous spirit of Atticus John Cabernet”.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with cozy aromas of dark berries and autumn woods. An herbaceous streak runs thru blackberry, tobacco and vanilla notes, evolving into spiced oak and berry fruit on the plush finish. Well balanced, with complimentary velvety tannins and good acidity. Versatile and easy drinking, great on its own or with a wide array of dishes.
Cabernet Sauvignon [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Vinted and Bottled by Brandon Cellars, Suisun City