Wine Spectator just released their top value wine of 2022: BV Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (92 Points) which sells for $33 a bottle. When these lists are released, we look back at previous WS Top 100s to highlight another top value, sold at a fraction of the price! Such is the case for Alejandro “Colo” Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach's single vineyard Altamira project in the Uco Valley: Zaha. Master of Wine Tim Atkin calls this an "Argentine First Growth," as these two former Catena standouts have taken a fresh look at crafting high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the best of California. Napa might have Howell Mountain, but at 4000 feet, the vineyards of Altamira imparts that dark, rich, Cabernet Sauvignon flavor, while retaining high levels of natural acidity, freshness and balance. Beating five Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon's on the WS Top 100, including Faust and Brandlin, this is outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon for Under $25!
"Altamira isn’t as famous for Cabernet as some parts of Luján de Cuyo, but the grape is very well suited to this corner of the Uco Valley. Intense, perfumed and firmly structured, sappy and bright with piercing blackcurrant fruit." Tim Atkin MW, 92 Points
"Fresh, rich fruit with tarry notes, juicy black cherries, roasted spices and hints of figs and fresh herbs. Generous on the palate, but well retained by a fresh, fine-grained tannin structure. Drink now or hold." James Suckling, 91 Points
"Big and ripe, with unctuous dark fruit, blueberry and Asian spice flavors that offer creamy accents. Dark chocolate and mocha notes fill the finish to the brim. Drink now through 2025." The Wine Spectator, 91 Points