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."
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