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Antica 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Rich and structured with layers of plum, blackberry, and espresso

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The Season
In the 2010 season, the winter was pretty mild.  After 3 years of relatively dry weather, rainfall returned to normal levels for Napa.  With a cooler than normal spring, the buds bloomed later than usual, which lead to flowering and fruit set back a couple of weeks.  Spring was also cloudier than usual which minimized the spring frost obstacle.  The summer was unseasonably cooler which also delayed the softening of the berries by a couple of weeks.  The months of September and October had optimal climate, it was warm during the day and cool at night, the grapes ripen perfectly and yielded a bountiful harvest.

The Vineyard
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Antica estate vineyard were planted in higher elevation, 1800 feet to be exact.  The higher elevation allowed for excellent air movement in the well-drained volcanic soil.  The vines range from 11 to 21 years old.  The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested from eleven individual vineyard blocks divided between 4 distinct clones (7, 15, 337, and See).  The selection provided for the complexity in aroma and concentration in flavors with firm tannins that bring balance to mountain grown wine.

The Process
Harvest began in mid October and continued through to the end of the month.  Each vineyard was tested daily to determine the ideal moment at which to harvest the grapes to maximize fruit intensity and tannin ripeness.  The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested by hand in the cool morning hours and immediately taken to the estate winery where the clusters were destemmed and underwent individual berry selection.  The grapes from every vineyard block were fermented individually.  Fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures over a period of 15-20 days.  The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels (40% new) where malolactic fermentation was completed by year's end.  After 15 months of aging, the best lots were selected, blended, and bottled on the estate.

The Experience
The Antica Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is pure, rich, and structured.  The wine showcases layers of ripe plum, blackberry, and wild berry with hints of mocha and espresso.  The wine has firm tannins yet ends with an elegant and graceful presence.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14%
Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Sub Appellation: Atlas Peak

Antica is an Antinori Family estate in Napa Valley. The family’s winemaking heritage dates back 26 generations and more than 600 years in Italy. ‘Antica’ represents Antinori California, and fulfills the family’s longstanding desire to produce wines with personality and style in Napa Valley. The estate is located in a high elevation valley in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley. It is the Antinori Family’s belief that the high elevations, hilly terrain, and rocky soils of the estate are ideal for winegrowing.

Wine Advocate - 92 pts
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is classy, elegant and refined. Naturally it is very, very young, which definitely comes through, but the raw materials are there for this to develop into a terrific wine. Dark red berries, flowers, smoke, incense, and licorice are some of the many nuances that are woven into the intricate, mineral-infused finish. The 2010 is all class and elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2020.

I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Antica, the Antinori family’s outpost on Atlas Peak. Even though Antinori has been involved with this property since the late 1980s, these are essentially the first wines the family has made in its own facility. The Chardonnay is aged in 30-33% new barrels, sees batonnage for the first three months and undergoes partial malolactic fermentation. The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in 55-65% new oak, while the single-vineyard Cabernet from the Townsend vineyard sees 80% new barrels. Incidentally, for readers who can find them, both 2008 Cabernets are terrific." - Antonio Galloni
Aging Potential: 10-15 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Appellation: Napa, California
Barrel Type: French Oak
Body: Full
Color: Burgundy
Flavor Pairing: Stir-Fry, Herb Roast, Grill, Barbecue
Food Pairing: Steak, Lamb, Duck, Beef
On the Nose: Vanilla, Plum, Cocoa, Chocolate, Blackberry, Berries
On the Palate: Vanilla, Tannins, Plum, Oak, Currant, Chocolate, Cherry, Caramel, Blackberry
Serving Recommendation: Room Temperature, Let it Breathe
Texture: Smooth
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

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