I recently had the pleasure to attend a tasting of a 6-year vertical of Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, presented by Estate Manager, Glenn Salva.
All the wines from “Antinori California” are all 100% cabernet sauvignon, and all exceptional. From the 2004 that was rich and concentrated to the racy 2006, all the way to the full-bodied and graceful 2009. The current vintage 09 is entices you with its violet and fresh berry scents of blueberry, blackberry and currant. The body is graceful and supple, with a long, elegant finish. These wines are all well made, and representative of their Antinori pedigree. in the Mix highly recommends these wines for lists of character and class.
About Antica Napa Valley
The estate fulfills the Antinori family’s longstanding desire to produce wines with personality and style in the Napa Valley. The Antinori family’s winegrowing philosophy – to produce wines with passion, patience and perseverance – is expressed fully at Antica Napa Valley.
In 1985, The Antinori family and other business partners discovered a beautiful estate in Napa Valley in the mountains of the Atlas Peak District. In 1993, the family’s certainty of the potential of the estate’s terroir led them to make a personal investment by assuming 100% ownership of the estate. The family waited until they had a greater understanding of the land’s potential before naming the estate Antica Napa Valley in 2006 and releasing the first wines in 2007.
The Antica Napa Valley wines represent the Antinori family’s Italian winemaking heritage, and their dream of making world-class Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Antica’s steep, rocky and well-drained soils are the perfect match for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are harvested from the estate’s 24-acre Townsend vineyard, which sits at an elevation of 1460 feet. The volcanic soils and low yields per vine create grapes with great structure, fruit concentration and persistent flavors.