2009 Chardonnay

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$35.00 750 ML

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The Antica Napa Valley 2009 Chardonnay is pure, fresh, and complex. Aromas of crushed stone fruit are interwoven with flavors of pear, apple, white peach, and a signature terroir-driven minerality. Hazelnut and vanilla add layers of intensity and intrigue.
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Vineyard

The Chardonnay grapes came from 9 to 21-year-old vines harvested from six distinct vineyards on the estate. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1,420 feet in the well-drained, alluvial soil series Bale Clay Loam and Perkins Gravelly Loam.

Climate

2009 was the third consecutive year of drought in Napa Valley. A mild winter with below normal rainfall led to a dry spring with slightly higher than normal temperatures for the estate. These were favorable conditions for flowering and led to uniform fruit set. Mild temperatures in the summer resulted in healthy vine growth. Dry conditions continued into early fall. Warm days along with cool nights assured full ripening while maintaining the Chardonnay’s fresh, natural acidity.

Winemaking

Harvest took place September 7 through September 28. To determine the optimum moment of harvest and ensure maximum fruit flavor intensity, each vineyard was tested daily. Grapes were harvested during the cool mornings and quickly moved to the winery. Whole clusters were placed in the press to gently release the juice, which was chilled in stainless steel tanks prior to yeast inoculation. Musts were transferred to French oak barrels (30% new) for alcoholic fermentation in the estate’s temperature-controlled wine caves.

Production

The wine remained on the lees (sur lie) in barrel for 6 months where it completed malolactic fermentation. When aging was complete, each barrel was tasted and the finest lots were selected. Individual barrels were racked resulting in the final blend. Antinori Chief Enologist, Renzo Cotarella, and Antica Winemaker, Nate Weis, oversaw the production of this wine.

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kim.wiss@anticanapavalley.com Review by Dan Berger
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This excerpt was taken from Dan Berger's February 24, 20011 newsletter. To learn more about Dan Berger visit: www.VintageExperiences.com


2009 Antica Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35): Fascinating floral and tropical aroma notes, with hints of mango and citrus, and a fairly rich entry. However, excellent acidity is a lovely balance point, and the wine cries out for food.
(Posted on 3/1/11)
pappledumpling@bellsouth.net Review by Gracie D
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Just wanted to thank you for making a great wine. I recently purchased a bottle and enjoyed over dinner with friends. It is so nice to enjoy a full body chardonnay that is not over oaked. Love the fresh fruit and crispness. Did not know you also made Cab, I will definitly look for it. I have never been to Napa, but Antica will be top of the list if I do. Nice label too!
Thank you,
Gracie D (Posted on 2/4/11)

Dan Berger

3/1/11

This excerpt was taken from Dan Berger's February 24, 20011 newsletter. To learn more about Dan Berger visit: www.VintageExperiences.com


2009 Antica Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($35): Fascinating floral and tropical aroma notes, with hints of mango and citrus, and a fairly rich entry. However, excellent acidity is a lovely balance point, and the wine cries out for food.

Gracie D

2/4/11

Just wanted to thank you for making a great wine. I recently purchased a bottle and enjoyed over dinner with friends. It is so nice to enjoy a full body chardonnay that is not over oaked. Love the fresh fruit and crispness. Did not know you also made Cab, I will definitly look for it. I have never been to Napa, but Antica will be top of the list if I do. Nice label too!
Thank you,
Gracie D

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