(ALT*US) - Altvs by Merus
1. Noble, profound.
Napa Valley from north to south. Founded in 2005, Altvs, which means “noble and profound,” is a luxury-class Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Produced in extremely small quantities by winemaker David Lattin, Altvs harvests fruit from a combination of mountain, hillside and benchland sites to produce a wine of extraordinary intensity, concentration and lushness.
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Sautéed and fresh pear and other fruit aromas fill the room with the first pop of the cork, beautifully balanced with toasty integrated oak. Rich and oily mouthfeel gives the impression of great weight despite modest alcohol.
A rich wine loaded with honey, dried papaya, and pineapple aromas. With a bit of air, aromas of sweet hay, flint, and steel emerge.
From the same fruit sources as the Merus bottling, the Altus comes from select barrels that showcase fruit and pure varietal character and a tannin profile more feminine than masculine within the context of the vintage.