Altra cabernet hails from Atlas Peak, Napa. It is the “child” of Margo Culcasi and Gerry Moffit, a fitting tribute to a long lasting friendship. Gerry is the winemaker and is also associated with Kapcsandy, Blankiet and Grace Family. These wines are of course some of the premier wines of California. So my expectations were high going into this.
Whoa, the nose just about rips through your soul. The smell of freshly pressed fruit erupts through the air making the nostrils quiver.
Once you pour the juice into your mouth, the rich depth and complexity overloads the senses. The mouth is watering uncontrollably. So much is going on. The taste of cherry, casis, chocolate with hints of wood (cedar) all explode in the mouth. You would expect big bold tannins that make you pucker. Instead you have these soft, lovely elegant tannins that are just beautiful to the mouth. And, all of these flavors very gradually recede…over like a month. This is been one of life’s most pleasant experiences.