Scott Harvey Wines 'Winemaker's Reserve' Napa County Red Wine 2011
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Scott Harvey 2011 'Winemaker’s Reserve' Atlas Peak Napa County Red Wine
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Red Wine
GRAPE: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Atlas Peak, Napa County
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.50%
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Value Buy
I recently met in Napa Valley with Scott Harvey and sampled the wines for his new releases. While Harvey is known for his Zinfandel, he makes some other very special big, zesty reds. He made this Reserve wine from Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak appellation as a blend of his favorite lots to create a big and juicy Bordeaux blend. Atlas Peak is home to some amazing producers like Jan Krupp’s Stagecoach Vineyard, Antinori’s Antica Vineyard and VinRoc. Harvey created the Folie a Deux brand including Menage a Trois and sold it a decade ago. This wine is from a hillside volcanic vineyard that faces northeast and produces intense Mountain fruit. The wine spent 17 months in a mix of new and neutral French oak. An inviting wine with lush fruit that is well articulated and fills the palate with sweet black cherry, toasty vanilla oak, sarsaparilla, crème de cassis, and mocha, spices and chocolate. Jana Harvey chose some of her favorite dishes to pair with this including Braised Veal with Wild Mushrooms, Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze, Grilled Steak with Olive Tapenade, Mahogany Beef Stew with Red Wine and Hoisin Sauce, Pan-Seared Steak with Mushroom Sauce and Scottish Beef Stew. Sampled in barrel in the summer of 2014 and in bottle in November with consistent tasting notes. Enjoy now and over the next several years.
By Scott Harvey Wines
'Winemaker’s Reserve' Atlas Peak Napa County Red Wine
Appellation: Napa County
Blend: 69% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.
Cases Produced: 1,000 cases
Cooperage: 17 months in French Oak
Bottling Date: 10/25/14
100% from the Atlas Peak appellation of Napa Valley. This steep east and north facing rocky vineyard produces small yields of intensely flavored fruit.
Produced in the old world style of balanced wine making. We want the wine to express Napa’s Atlas Peak terroir with good balance of fruit, French oak, structural tannins and medium alcohol.
This bright and pretty wine has notes of red fruits with currants, cherry, cranberry with a touch of toastiness from the French oak aging. The rich center is mouth filling with flavors of cherry cola, lavender, and roses. The long full finish produces a wine that will go well with red meats and red sauces.
The Atlas Peak Appellation Association, established in 2004, boasts a membership of wineries committed to growing, producing, bottling and marketing world-class wines. Most of our member wineries are also growers, managing hillside vineyards that range in size from five to 500 hundred acres producing an array of varietals. Unlike other areas of the Napa Valley, the two roads that access the Atlas Peak Appellation -Soda Canyon Road and Atlas Peak Road - are not lined with wineries open to the general public. Rather, our member wineries are tucked into the rocky landscape, hidden within Foss Valley or perched in and around Atlas Peak itself. But, this doesn't mean our winemakers and vintners are the least bit inhospitable -- we love visitors who need only give us a call to schedule a private tour and tasting.
Scott Harvey, Winemaker
Growing up in California’s Sierra Mountains Region, Scott developed a keen interest in winemaking as a high school exchange student in the Rhineland Pfalz region of Germany. Scott attended California State University at Sacramento before beginning practical Enology training at Montevina Winery in Amador County. Back to Germany in 1975, he apprenticed at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt. Once again returning to Montevina Winery, Scott focused on all aspects of winemaking and running a winery. From farming the grapes to effectively marketing the wine, Scott solidified his knowledge and experience. In 1978, at the age of twenty-three, Scott took over as Head Winemaker for Story Winery, also in Amador County. In 1979 Scott developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. As Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Crafting the best wines possible from the soils and climatic conditions of the region, Santino and later Renwood benefited from Scott’s German training and innovative style. Becoming one of the leading wineries in Amador County, and garnering critical acclaim, the wine world was paying attention. Amador County was now recognized as a world-class wine-growing appellation. In 1996, Scott was recruited as Partner, Winemaker & President for newly purchased, Folie a Deux Winery in Napa Valley. Combining forces with Lead Partner, renowned Winemaker, Richard Peterson, Ph.D, a formidable winemaking team was launched. Scott pursued his commitment to award-winning Cabernets made from the Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley while continuing his passion for Amador County Zinfandel. Access to Scott’s original Grandpère vineyard in Amador County and close relationships with premier Amador County growers, resulted in award-winning wines all around for Folie a Deux. In addition, Scott’s creation, the “Menage a Trois” line of wines, was an instant commercial success. In 2004, Folie a Deux, now a respected brand, was sold to Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery. Scott was finally positioned and ready to start his own venture, and he had the ideal partner - his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran. Scott Harvey Wines, the initial line of wines in the “Creative Wine Concepts” portfolio, was created out of market demand for Scott’s wines - “niche wines that over deliver.” The Scott Harvey line focuses on Scott’s roots - Zinfandel, Syrah and Barbera from the Sierras. Approachable, food friendly and full of luscious fruit, these wines have struck a cord in the marketplace. Scott has hit his stride with his new mantra.
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*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.