Wine of the Week

Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

What sort of reviewer would I be if I didn't include one of my favorite wine varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon.  Not that I haven't already, but this time I'm venturing into upper end territory.


I found myself out and about one evening when some friends of mine showed up at the restaurant I was in.  My friend started the evening by buying a Shafer Relentless, not a bad wine to review as well. It was phenomenal.  Once finished with that, I decided we should be treated to a really good Cab.  Browsing the wine list I came across the 2013 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon.  

Altamura is a fairly small producer and only makes a couple varietals.  Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc and then primarily Cabernet.  From their 65 acres estate in Napa, they have been making wine since 1985.  Having identified the soil on their estate as being similar to Pritchard Hill, Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder, they set about making their wine.

While I had yet to try the 2013 Vintage, I knew from previous vintages just how good the wine can be.  I also knew that it had garnered 94 Points from Wine Spectator and 93 Points from Wine Advocate, so I knew it was a safe bet the wine would be outstanding.  Guess what?  It was.

Even though I didn't have the benefit of decanting the wine beforehand, at first sniff and sip, I could tell just how good the wine was.  Like other 2013 Cabs from Napa, the fruit was rich and lush, dark notes carried on a bed on firm tannins with a slight licorice note to balance out the spice.  As time wore on, the wine just keep getting better.  The fruit expanding throughout the evening.

Buy this wine to enjoy, or lay it down for years to come.  It should just keep getting better.  As you might suppose, this is not inexpensive.  I won't even tell you what the restaurant was charging, but in a retail shop it should sell right around a hundred dollars.