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Altvs Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

From the same fruit sources as the Merus bottling, the Altus comes from selecting barrels that showcase fruit and pure varietal character and a tannin profile that is more feminine than masculine within the context of the vintage. As the 2012 vintage was massive in structure, so is the 2012 Altus. While this bold wine opens up it is filled with layer upon layer of chocolate, black currant (cassis), cedar, and licorice root. It is super-soft, intensely flavored, and mouthwatering.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 1% Merlot

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This wine rewards in full-bodied weight and lushness, its color additionally dark and brooding thanks to the addition of 11% Petit Verdot. Compost tea and a sanguine, meaty character combine forces against pillowy tannin and a length and breadth of complexity, finishing in pomegranate and cassis. Drink now through 2020. Cellar Selection.
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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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