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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon,
5% Petit Verdot.
2007 marks our second vintage of Altvs, a handcrafted, small-production, Napa Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon. This elegant wine features fruit from a handful of selected rows within our favorite vineyards
located from Coombsville to St. Helena. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and was
aged in 100% French oak barrels, half of which were new. Small portions of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot,
and Malbec were incorporated for added color, texture, aromatics and complexity.
The 2007 Altvs Cabernet delivers balance, finesse and intense fruit concentration. The nose is lush and
generous with huckleberry, blueberry, crème de cassis, crushed rocks, and cinnamon. The palate is a
seamless fabric of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol. The finish is full, long, velvety and elegant. While
the unusual opulence and structure of this wine allow it to be consumed in its youth, it will continue to
evolve and improve over the next decade.
"A stylish wine that's well-structured and concentrated, slow to unveil its mix of dried currant, blackberry and black licorice, gaining depth and complexity. Yet for all its glimpses of depth and nuance, this needs time. Best from 2012 through 2021."
"Made in the modern cult style, this soft, ripely lush Cabernet is immediately likeable for its blackberry-pie filling, black currant liqueur, chocolate, licorice and smoky sweet oak flavors. It's California Cabernet at its heady, opulent best. Drink now."
"Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berry compote, cherry-cola, smoky herbs and licorice, with slow-building notes of mocha and vanilla. Lush and creamy on entry, then firmer in the middle, offering chewy blackberry and cassis flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. The vanilla note comes back on the long, sweet, penetrating finish. This benefits a lot from air."
International Wine Cellar
Altvs is a project begun with the 2005 vintage at Merus winery in the Napa Valley. The idea: to produce hand crafted, small lot Cabernet Sauvignon based wines that celebrate the hedonistic qualities of lushness, density and ripeness while remaining true to the intensity and power of modern day Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In a very short time since its initial release, Altvs has captured the imagination of an international audience, garnering critical acclaim through the world of fine wine.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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