|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
Throughout the spring and summer months of 2009 we experienced relatively mild weather. A heavy rainstorm in October caused some concern, but fortunately the Cabernet clusters were loosely packed and once the rain cleared, we were able to harvest a healthy crop of clean fruit. Since there were no real heat spikes during the growing season, the grapes possessed phenolic maturity and ripeness without excessive sugar.
Founded in 2005, Altvs produces small quantities of handmade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 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.
The 2009 Altvs is opaque and highly aromatic with notes of dark fruit, leather, spice and licorice. The palate features all of the above plus cocoa, berries and graham crackers. The tannins are present, but integrated. This is bold wine with well-integrated tannins and great aging potential. — Camille Benitah, Winemaker