What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn

1/13-Michael Horn & Nicole Nielsen talk with Nate Weis & Mitch Cosentino

January 14, 201452 min
Mitch Weis - Winemaker, Aril Wines We are very proud of our initial effort in winemaking. both of our wines scored in the 90's for the 2008 vintage. The Wine Spectator said "Atlas Peak's reputation for Syrah can only grow as a result of this wine." The Wine Enthusiast stated that the wine "displays a rustic earth minerality along with the supple plum and black cherry fruit and is complex and layered, turning delicate despite its structured earthiness."Our winemaker, Nate Weis, notes that the 2008 Atlas Peak Syrah is a big wine with a rich body framed by ample lively acidity. The color is deep purple and on the nose there is spice and fruit, with black pepper and brambly black cherry aromas accented by toasty oak. The 2008 Estate wine is softer and more delicate than its burly cousin. The body is light and soft with medium weight. The acidity on the palate draws the wine into focus and dominates the long finish.This year we will produce two new wines. 2012 will be the first vintage of our estate cabernet and we are looking forward to another great cabernet wine from grapes grown on Pritchard Hill. The other wine is a syrah rose. Last year we produced 25 bottles for our own cellar. It has the characteristics of a true French rose and we were so pleased with it that we are producing it commercially this year. Mitch Cosentino - Winemaker & Owner, Cosentino WineryIn 1980, Mitch Cosentino began making wine from small lots in Modesto, California. Moving his operation to Napa Valley nearly 10 years later, he pursued his dream of becoming a great Napa winemaker. His highly skilled and artistic style of winemaking has enabled him to craft award winning wines with an old world attitude.Mitch’s winemaking philosophy was to start from the soils of Northern California, so he set out to find the perfect vineyards for his wines. “The greater knowledge I have of local terroir and where my fruit is sourced,” Mitch says, “the greater knowledge I have of the blends, how the fruit will come together in bottle and how consistent my wine will be from vintage to vintage.” Mitch’s sophisticated palate has aided him as a judge for many wine competitions, such as the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition, and others throughout the country.On the rare occasions that Mitch isn't at the winery, he can be found honing his skills on the golf course.He has appearances in Florida next week:www.totalwine.comDATE             DAY   ID        LOCATION              TIME1/18/2014        SAT     913      913-St. Petersburg      2:00PM-6:00PM1/19/2014        SUN    901      901-Tampa                  1:00PM-5:00PM1/20/2014        MON   910      910-Clearwater           4:00PM-6:00PM1/22/2014        WED   920      920- Millenia               4:00PM-6:00PM1/23/2014        THU    909      909-Orlando                4:00PM-6:00PM

Chat About 1/13-Michael Horn & Nicole Nielsen talk with Nate Weis & Mitch Cosentino

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