Benefit of Being an Amazing Grape ‘Elf’


Spent a late night Wednesday processing orders and packing up holiday gifts of wine, yes the ‘elves’ are hard at work in the Amazing Grapes workshop. This nice part is that unlike Santa’s Workshop, we Amazing Grape elves get a chance to sample wine from time to time, so on this evening, I had a chance to try out the 2008 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon, Wooden Valley.

Full and ripe with dark berry fruit it is as intense as it gets, the 2008 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon, Wooden Valley has a very soft finish with a nice mix of tannins and acid.

The Altamura Vineyards and Winery was established in 1985 by Frank and Karen Altamura, and is the only winery in Wooden Valley located within the Napa Valley appellation.   They take a hands on approach and their meticulous farming practices have made Altamura’s Cabernet Sauvignon one of the Valley’s best. In 2010 in fact, Wine Spectator awarded the 2007 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon a lofty 96 Point score and placed it at #5 for the year’s Top 100 wines for 2010.

Wine Spectator gave the 2008 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon, Wooden Valley 94 points, and I would agree. I have just a few odd bottles left, so if you are still looking for a good gift bottle, give me a call.

Kirk Green, Sommelier