Nicky’s Blog: Antinori
Last year on my pre-covid Napa Valley trip, I got the honor of touring and tasting at Antica in Napa Valley. Antica is located in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley; the drive up the mountain was both rural and beautiful. When we reached the top of the mountain we were surrounded by beautiful views of vineyards growing down the mountain side and into the valley floor.
We were greeted with a lovely glass of chilled Chardonnay as we learned about Antica’s rich heritage. Antica is owned by the Antinori family that has been making wine for 630 years and is on their 26th generation. The Antinori name is known throughout Italy for their famed vineyards in Umbria and Tuscany. Antinori is also known to make great wines all over the world, but the most recognizable grape they grow is Cabernet Sauvignon. Piero Antinori’s passion is finding the true expression of Cabernet Sauvignon in different terroirs around the world. Piero started developing Antica in the early 1960’s, drawn to the land’s potential to produce high quality wines. Today Antica is overseen by his three daughters: Allegra, Albiera and Alessia.
After learning the history we went onwards to tour the barrel caves. The caves are made out of all natural volcanic rock that provides humidity and cool temperatures for the wine. Our group then met up in the tasting room, where we finished with a delicious glass of the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet was perfectly balanced with notes of red and purple fruits, with firm tannins providing a lovely rich wine. I currently sell the 2014 Antica Chardonnay and the 2012 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon out of my cellar. These are sought-after vintages that show Antica’s aging capabilities.
Antica was a fun and unique experience. I can see why the Antinori family has been making fabulous wine for 26 generations. Please contact me to purchase one of these amazing wines from my cellar.
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