Altamura Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
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Our hillside and valley floor estate vineyards in Wooden Valley are at elevations of 700 to 1000 feet. Soil types on the ranch which are similar to the Rutherford Bench and the mountainous regions of Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill and Mount Veeder called for several different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon on a number of different rootstocks upon planting in 1986. The vines are dry-farmed and vertically trellised.
Fermentation of Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon occurs in both open and closed top fermenters. Certain lots are allowed to macerate on their skins for up to three weeks following fermentation. This technique produces a wine with softer, more integrated tannins, which carry fruit and oak nuances through to the palate. The wine is racked into 70% new French oak barrels for a period of 34 months. The wine is lightly filtered and then bottled.
Wine SpectatorUltrarich and extracted, offering a powerful array of blackberry, licorice, gravelly earth, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Never eases up on torque and authoritative presence. Best from 2021 through 2035.
Wine AdvocateProduced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all estate fruit and aged for 34 months in 70% new French oak, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and expressive nose of crème de cassis, mocha and bay leaves plus hints of fertile loam, licorice and sandalwood. The full-bodied palate is laden with spicy black fruit and earthy layers, framed by grainy tannins and finishing long and perfumed.