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Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Altamura

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2010 Vintage) Our hillside and valley floor estate vineyards in Wooden Valley are at elevations of 700 to 1000 feet. Soil types on the ranch which are similar to the Rutherford Bench and the mountainous regions of Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill and Mount Veeder called for several different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon on a number of different rootstocks upon planting in 1986. The vines are dry-farmed and vertically trellised. Fermentation of Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon occurs in both open and closed top fermenters. Certain lots are allowed to macerate on their skins for up to three weeks following fermentation. This technique produces a wine with softer, more integrated tannins, which carry fruit and oak nuances through to the palate. The wine is racked into 70% new French oak barrels for a period of 34 months. The wine is lightly filtered and then bottled.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2004 Vintage) The wine is beautifully impressive, with a deep ruby/purple color and notes of loamy soil intermixed with creme de cassis, cedar, and licorice. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, but beautifully nuanced and nicely structured, with sweet, silky tannins.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/07/2013
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/18/2013
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2008 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 12/31/2011