(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 John Clews, 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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A singularly delicious wine with deep dark fruit aromas. Reveals classic black currant and berry syrup aromas. The tannin, acid, and alcohol are in such balance that wine feels sweet, though it is bone dry.
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.
Beautifully balanced with a profile that is sophisticated and nuanced. Aromas of apple and pear are followed by integrated oak notes. Delicate and elegant notes of apple, lemon meringue and a kiss of vanilla.
A classic beauty - a product of fermenting Coombsville Cabernet at low temperatures in small closed-top fermenters. The wood is restrained in flavor but present in structure to create a thick, succulent and classic mouthfeel.