2011 Altvs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
The 2011 Altus 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. — David Lattin, Winemaker
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
26 months in French Oak, 75% new; Bottled Unfiltered
Wine & Spirits
Founded in 2005, Altvs produces small quantities of handmade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Much like its big brother wine Merus, we source fruit from a handful of serious growers with hillside and benchland vineyards up and down Napa Valley. Our style emphasizes balance, fruit purity and intensity. Like Merus, Altvs is produced from the same vineyard sources using a combination of small tank and bin fermentations. Very hot fermentations were employed for maximum extraction. All lots were basket pressed and barrels were filled sequentially from tank and pressed to maximize variability. Lots and barrels were selected for Altvs and first and subsequent rackings handled with an eye toward wines of great perfume and elegance.