2001 Altamura - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 92

Frank Altamura has quietly created a following among lovers of rich extracted Cabernet Sauvignon. His 1999 was a critical benchmark in a vintage that showed some unevenness. Created from dominant amounts of clone 6 and 337 from over a dozen lots, the 2001 shows off a deep, rich nose of figs, black cherry and currant and flavors of plum, mineral, and black currants all wrapped into a beautifully polished package. Created on the "back side" of Napa Valley, this is one worth "discovery." 3800 cases produced.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Vinfolio Team


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($60) Deep ruby-red. Dark berries, cherry, leather and game on the rather rustic nose, with a grapey nuance. Then pliant and superripe in the mouth, with creamy fruit flavors complicated by leather and earth. Finishes with slightly dry tannins and good leathery length. I would drink this funky boy in the near term for its creamy sweetness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Dougobrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/30/2010
Drink Dates:

Rating: 89
Author: rphillips26
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/22/2010
Drink Dates: 2006-2018

Average rating: 89, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

498 bottles owned by 155 collectors.

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About This Producer


Born and raised in Napa, trained in winemaking at Sterling and Caymus, Frank Altamura has serious credentials. In 1985 he and his wife Karen began their own quest to make exceptional, collectable wine, turning an old cattle ranch in Wooden Valley into vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. The small valley, nine miles northeast of the town of Napa, provides an ideal setting for the production of intense, multi-layered wines. Warm days give way to temperatures cooler than those of Napa Valley, as fog is blown in, resulting in a longer growing season for this unique sub-appellation. Altamura's two flagship wines, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, represent hallmarks of Frank's winemaking philosophy: low yields in the vineyard and only free-run juice in the barrels. A Nebbiolo, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are also produced.

See other similar producers: Von Strasser Winery, Blankiet Estate, David Arthur Vineyards

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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