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Altvs Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • W&S90
14.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2011 Altvs is packed with candy-like aromas that make it instantly appealing and memorable. Aromas of French raspberry hard candy meld beautifully with the burnt sugar and toasted almond smells of toffee. Just underneath lies an intriguing resinous note of fresh rosemary – a nod to the cool vintage. The mouth is lusciously rich and soft.

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Elegant and firmly structured, this is a clean 2011 that feels supple and lifted. There’s a harmonious integration of the fruit and tannins, carrying scents of cedar and black olive through a tightly knit finish. There’s also some grit and detail to the tannins, which will contribute to the wine’s interaction with filet mignon.
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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.
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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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