2005 Altamura - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/16/2012
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Site Blog: The Wine Forum A little out of sorts if you ask me. The color is starting to turn, a tinge of brown, but still mostly red. The nose is a nice California Napa nose of cherry and cassis fruit, with some hints of tobacco and lead pencil. The palate is a bit chunky, the attack is great, full bodied with persistent fruit. But the mid palate is a bit hot and prickly, disrupting the consistency. The finish rounds out nice, with fine tannins and good fruit. Will this settle back in, not likely...I think the mid-palate is fading fast so drink up.

Rating: 95
Author: Alex Tervooren
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/22/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2018

Rating: 92
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/26/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2013
Elegant wine, but fading. Drink it now. It won't hold up to a heavy steak, but will be great with a lighter meal.

Rating: 92
Author: SamT
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/15/2014

Rating: 92
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/02/2014
Great classic Altamura nose and flavors. Primary fruit a bit faded, but wonderful smooth sweet tannins. Kept getting better with time and air.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews

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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.

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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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