2016 Altvs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
In any given year, our ‘Merus’ and ‘Altvs’ bottlings offer both yin and yang expressions of the same vintage. This comes about through block differences within the vineyard, concrete vs stainless steel fermentation tanks, different approaches to coopering, amount of new oak used, how wines evolve over a two year period in barrel, and the percentage of cabernet sauvignon ultimately used. This 2016 Altvs is a delicious bottle of wine. Compared with Merus, it is more classically Cabernet Sauvignon, not as opulent but with great length and ageability. Buy several cases and drink them over the next 20 to 30 years.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot
September 20 - October 5, 2016
2 years, 4 months in 85% new French Oak
The 2016 vintage extends a run of exceptional years for Cabernet Sauvignon to five in a row for the Napa Valley. A warm, dry spring and summer led to an earlier than average budbreak and ultimately another early start to harvest. Temperatures remained relatively mild with warmer days that helped bring the grapes to their optimal maturity. Low rainfall this year limited the crop volume once again but led to incredible concentration and quality.
Bennett Vineyard in Coombsville