$219.99 x 12
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$100.00 and over
Cabernet & Cabernet Blends
Red Table Wine
Altamura Vineyards & Winery
In their little corner of Napa Valley, Altamura has been quietly growing and producing some of California’s finest wines. The small winery’s hillside and valley floor estate vineyards in Wooden Valley are perched 250 to 300 metres above sea level. The soil types found 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. Planted in 1986, the vertically-trellised vines are dry-farmed. This is a winery with exacting, no-compromise vineyard practices – real practitioners of the philosophy that wine is made in the vineyard.
The small winery’s hillside and valley floor estate vineyards are perched 250 to 300 metres above sea level. The many soil types found on the ranch are similar to the Rutherford Bench and the mountainous regions of Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill, and Mount Veeder. The warm summer days in Wooden Valley are cooled by dramatic fog banks and mid-afternoon breezes, which produce temperatures as much as 5° C lower than the Napa Valley average. This results in a longer growing season that allows for pronounced and rich flavours within the wine.
This wine fermented in both open and closed-top fermenters. Some lots were allowed to macerate on their skins for up to three weeks following fermentation, a technique that encourages nuanced fruit flavours and gentle, nicely-integrated tannins. The wine was racked into French oak barrels (70% new), where it aged for nearly three years prior to release.
One taste of the Altamura Cabernet, with its rich and silky layers of fruit and spice, will become a revelation for any Napa Valley aficionado.
“The 2018 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is deep garnet-purple in color. It slowly unfurls to reveal intense scents of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves, and dried lavender, plus suggestions of crushed rocks and black olives. Full-bodied, the palate delivers vibrant, lively black fruit and mineral layers, supported by velvety tannins, finishing long and fragrant. Really different.”
96 points, Wine Independent, April 2023
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a charming, sweetly fruited effort with loads of character. First produced in 1985 and all from estate fruit, aged in 70% new barrels, its healthy purple hue is followed by forward notes of redcurrants, darker berries, tobacco leaf, and loamy earth. Medium to full-bodied, with a layered, sexy, rounded style on the palate, it’s perfect for enjoying any time over the coming 10-12 years or more.”
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck, February 2023