93 Insider Points
"I met Randy and Krys Wulff at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival, they were pouring a couple of their small production wines. They have poured their heart into their wines and it shows. The Wulff’s 2011 Lobo Cabernet Sauvignon is another fantastic small production vintage. 100% Estate grown fruit on the hillside of their Atlas Peak home. The 2011 vintage has bold aromas of black cherry, cocoa, blackberry. Flavors of black currant, crushed blackberry, mocha and tart cherry finish. This wine is showing beautifully now and will in years to come. Do enjoy, Cheers!"- AD
Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
$0 SHIPPING Selection (3+/btls)
A single, Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the heights of Atlas Peak, this Cab carries the night. In true lone wolf style, this wine is singular and focused. Just don’t be surprised if it’s so good, you find yourself howling at the moon.
All Estate, All Day: Nothing says “pour me another” quit like the rocky, volcanic soils of Atlas Peak. With a bird’s eye view from the top of this mountain, the Lobo Estate Vineyard is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Napa’s valley floor.
Atlas Peak at its Peak: When Randy and Krys founded Lobo, they knew their vineyard needed special care. Enter Mario Bazan. The Napa legend who spent 13 years developing Robert Mondavi’s Opus One and To-Kalon Vineyards brings over 30 years of experience to this hallowed ground. Winemaker Randy Lewis (Napa cellar superstar) carries the superlative standards from the vine to the wine, and has the “All-my-wines-are-93-points-or-higher” record to prove it. All in all, this would be our dream team too.
Vision and Focus: Randy and Krys Wulff grew up together in California’s Central Valley. The friendship turned power partnership is one of our favorite stories. Randy spent 20 years as a successful trial lawyer and now calls himself a “recovering attorney.” Our sourcing team swears that he argues with the weather from the middle of Atlas Peak vineyard. Krys is a successful optical industry veteran and serves several philanthropic organizations. The two have joined their forces and the result is a vineyard and winery team that has laser focus and a long term vision for singular wines, the stuff of legends. It helps that the name Lobo means Wolf (brilliant!).
Bold aromas of black cherry and ripe blueberries fold seamless into a tapestry of toasted cedar, cocoa, and dried mountain herbs for a complex Cab that lingers on the palate.
About fifteen years ago, we began to look for a rural setting as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city and careers when we came across a small home and piece of land in the Napa Valley. We planted our first Chardonnay vineyard in the Oak Knoll district, north of Napa.
We used a new Dijon clone and also broke Napa tradition by close-row planting, which requires that the vineyard be entirely hand tended. In other words, no tractors. Randy Lewis, an ultra-premium winemaker in the valley, showed immediate interest. Every year, the Chardonnay he has made predominantly from that fruit has received a stratospheric “93” or “94” from the Wine Spectator, which always places it among the top Chardonnays in the country.
Taking the next step, we acquired a much larger vineyard about a mile from the first one. After substantial improvements to drainage and vine care, we were rewarded with excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir. We have planted more Chardonnay as well.
In the past, we sold all of our fruit to top wineries. The Chardonnay and Syrah is bought by Lewis Cellars. The Pinot Noir is sold to Mumm for their sparkling wines. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is purchased by Pine Ridge.
In 2007, we found our dream property on Atlas Peak, 42 acres on the eastern ridge of the Napa Valley. In addition to indescribable views, the 1350 foot elevation along with rocky, volcanic soil and southwestern sun exposure make ideal conditions for superlative Cabernet Sauvignon. Clearing, planting and getting permits for slope development was a slow and arduous process, but the payoff has been worth it. The first vintage released was the 2009 Atlas Peak Cabernet.
For several years, we have also identified select fruit for our own Lobo Pinot Noir. In addition, Randy Lewis crafts a 100% estate Chardonnay for our own "LOBO" label. We have engaged Victoria Coleman, a rising star winemaker in Napa Valley, to help us make Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noir from the Oak Knoll and Atlas Peak vineyards.
Let out your inner carnivore with this bottle. Indulge in seared meats, grilled root veggies, and saucy stews.