by Fred McMillin
Atlas Peak Ain't Meek
The new breed of Supertuscans, started in the early 1970, are giving startling results. A leader is Antinori's Sangiovese-Cabernet blends.
...Daniel Thomases, Florence, Italy
"The Antinori-owned vineyards of the Atlas Peak Winery in the Napa Valley produce an ever-improving Sangiovese-Cabernet blend called "Consenso."
...British authority Hugh Johnson, 1997 Pocket Encyclopedia
The Rest of the Story
My wife and I visited Antinori headquarters (see photo) when they were developing their first Supertuscans. They pointed out that while their winemaking roots are six centuries deep (see sketch), they love innovation. and sure enough. Ten years later Piero Antinori personally selected his favorite Sangiovese clones and 120 acres were planted in the Napa hills, that gave rise to "Consenso." The Italian word means "agreement" and was selected to symbolize the affinity between Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
So, this is an important, cutting-edge wine. It should be tried by all who have even a casual interest in the evolution of a new wine.
'95 Atlas Peak Consenso Vineyard Cab
About Atlas, in Greek mythology he was a Titan, an ancient race of giants. Keep your eye on Consenso; it may become a giant, too.
Note: For much more about the winery, see the Jan. 2, 1998 WineDay titled "Things Looked Bleak on Atlas Peak."
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