2009 Altamura Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
|So here begins our series on higher end Costco bottles for the month of September. And what a way to start. I’ve wanted to try Altamura for some time. It’s been one of those names I’ve heard many times in passing but never kicked down the $80 for a bottle, which is what the price is at my Costco. You’ll see it for more elsewhere.|
Let me start with a fun story from when I was buying this at my Costco. There wasn’t a bar code on the wine, just a sticker with a number that had to be manually entered. Upon doing so, the cashier looked up a little surprised and asked, “this is $80”? I said yes. He was a fun guy (as many Costco check out guys tend to be) so he jokingly asked “and what are you looking for in an $80 bottle of wine”? I immediately thought ‘great question’ so my reply was simply “body, depth, character, complexity, dimension.” He laughed and proceeded to check me out.
But this wine really nails everything I said I was looking for. Having just returned from a (stealth, no one knew me) trip to Napa, this bottle hangs with many of the $100+ Napa Cabs I tried. It’s almost so deep that’s it’s like drinking two wines in one. There’s the top layer of flavor that you expect and then a hearty body running alongside. Just great how this one sticks with you. Finish is remarkable. I enjoyed this wine with a grilled bone in ribeye which is about as good as it gets.
Lovely from start to finish. At this price point it’s about the depth of wine, and this one is a great example of the levels of complexity you can get. A Gold Rated wine for this site. Enjoy.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 95 Points