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1999 Altamura - Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2019 VF: 2008-2013

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Source Vinfolio
Issue 181

Coming to us directly from the Altamura library, the color of the wine is a brilliant garnet/magenta, with primary aromas of graphite and dark fruits: tarry cherry, black fig, and chocolate/espresso. On the palate the flavors of blackberry, earthy rich cherry and sweet tobacco are exceptionally smooth and well balanced. There is essentially no overt tannin to this wine - it drinks like silk.

Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.537%
Tasted On 07/21/2015

Still going strong. The fruit is bright with just a hint of black olive coming in on the back end. Nice silky texture and it opened up beautifully. Suffered a bit next to a truly exceptional bottle of '99 Bond Vecina that we drank with it.

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Author Dougobrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.535%
Tasted On 08/10/2014
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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.385%
Tasted On 10/20/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2018

Flat out delicious. Blueberry and cassis on the nose. Creme brûlée on the palate. This is very smooth and drinking at peek now. Long finish.

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Author Dan McD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.537%
Tasted On 08/24/2010
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Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.01%
Tasted On 07/07/2009
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Author Howard R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 89.091%
Tasted On 04/10/2009
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Author Ben
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/08/2008

Very good wine - better than anticipated. The entire party was impressed.

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Author Steve Bachmann
Site / Blog The Wine Collector Trust Rating 96.739%
Tasted On 09/27/2008
Drink Dates 2005-2020

Drinking beautifully now but plenty of time left to hold and see how it evolves from here.

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