Cavit Alta Luna Phases 2009
Other Red Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
#52 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Alta Luna Phases represents the finest selection of grapes from prime vineyard sites in the foothills of Italy's breathtaking Dolomite Alps. This elegant yet robust fusion of Merlot and native varieties Lagrein and Teroldego combines flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plum with distinctive spicy notes. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months, this vibrant red is smooth and beautifully balanced, with fine tannins and a lingering finish.
Wine Spectator - "Base notes of chocolate and coffee liqueur enrich smoke, tea leaf, roasted plum and black currant candy flavors in this well-honed red, while a supple juiciness and a hint of dried mint linger on the finish. Teroldego, Lagrein and Merlot. Drink now through 2018."
Founded in 1957, Cavit has earned an international reputation as an innovative leader in Trentino winemaking. Today it is responsible for approximately 70% of this northern Italian province's entire wine production.
The company is based on a partnership between 5,000 member growers, organized into 14 associated cellars located throughout Trentino in zones noted for the quality of their production. Grapes are crushed and vinified at each cellar and after selection sent to Cavit's central winery near Trento for finishing, bottling and aging.
Cavit is a capital example of cooperation and size on a human scale. Trentino winemaking families are able to tap into a pool of resources and attain levels of quality that might otherwise lie beyond their reach.
Strength in numbers has also enabled Cavit to develop its own showcase hospitality and research center (which works closely with Italy's most prestigious school of viticultural research at nearby San Michele all'Adige), at the beautiful Maso Torresella, a former archbishop's castle on the shores of Lake Toblino.
The rewards of cooperation between Cavit's growers are apparent at every level, not least among consumers, for whom Cavit produces consistently high quality, affordably priced premium wines that have captured literally hundreds of awards and medals to date and are in demand in over 20 countries worldwide. View all Cavit Wines
About Trentino-Alto AdigeView a map of Trentino-Alto Adige wineries (tren-TEE-noe ahl-toe ah-DEE-jay)
Notable FactsReds are likely to be Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, along with a few local varieties, most notably Schiaval. The white grapes are Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Traminer and Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the most-planted and most revered, while Traminer hails from Austria and has an amazingly light body, but is also intensely floral and delicious. Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio are the international players that make lively whites of good value. The sweet spot of Trentino Alto-Adige is Vino Santo- a wine not to be confused with Tuscany's Vin Santo. Vino Santo (which means holy wine) is a sweet wine of the area made from dried grapes. Not found as much as Vin Santo, but still a treat.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 3
- 4 Stars: 12
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Stars: 1
18 ratings, 8 with reviews512/20/2012
This is delicious. Smooth and very easy to drink. Buy more than one.WIll D - Biloxi, MS48/5/2015Unusual blend but very nice. Caution: as with most Italian grapes, It needs hours in the decanter.Cabbie1969 - Clearwater, FL17/8/2015
- Smooth & Supple
not very good, very disappointing...David Paoletta - Oakland, CA42/14/2014
- Light & Fruity
Very impressed with this blend. Concentrated dark fruit with a hint of fig and smooth finish. A wine of it's place - not a generic "international" blend. Drink this if you like Italian wines like Primitavo. Good value for the $$.31/30/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Jon Hubertz - Punta Gorda, FL49/24/2013walktard - Tahoe City, CA46/26/2013Edward Kirk - Rohnert Park, CA55/17/201343/9/2013
- Fruity & Smooth
Very earthy wine with a wonderful combination of flavors. Has high acidic finish.43/6/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
How refreshing to taste a wine made from unusual grape varieties which add aromas and flavors that are unfamiliar and very pleasant. the WS score is well deserved and the price is certainly rightILLOY - Quarryville, PA43/3/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Fantastic wine enjoyed every minute of it. Full body, great color smooth finish, will absolutely order gain.42/28/201341/19/201332/3/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
- Pair With
- Lamb > Hot Spices
Another great example from Italy of phenomenal reasonable red winesDam - New York, NY51/15/201341/8/2013412/18/2012Imewine - Harrisburg, PA412/8/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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