Ian White, 7x7.com: Escape to Wineries with International Flair
I’ve got nothing but love for wineries with local style and California flair. But there is definitely something to be said for balancing farmhouses and modern marvels with wineries that feature global architecture and attitude. Get a taste of something different at these worldly spots with amazing wines...Antica is owned by the Antinori family, who have been making wine for over 600 years. While the private experiences are purely Italian, it’s the 30,000 square feet of caves that truly bring you back to the old world. Built before there were rules about spraying cave interiors inShotcrete, these massive caverns are covered in mold and natural growth, which make you feel as though you’ve traveled to another country and time.
Michael Apstein, WineReviewOnline.com: Antica, Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011: 91
Piero Antinori, the patriarch of the eponymous Italian firm that was largely responsible for increasing the quality of Tuscan wines and bringing them to the world’s attention, has always had a great interest in the potential of California for wines. He and business partners purchased land and started making wine in Napa in the 1980s. Over the next two decades, he bought out his partners, increased vineyard holdings and founded Antica in 2006. The hallmark of Antinori’s Italian wines is refinement. That imprint is firmly stamped on his Napa Valley wines as well. Antica’s 2011 Chardonnay is stylish and refined, weighing in at a modest--by today’s standards--13.8% stated alcohol. It delivers plenty of creamy lushness without being overt or heavy-handed. It’s a balanced and bright wine, with a perky lemony finish, perfect for drinking this summer. Jul 16, 2013
Robert Parker: 2003 Retrospective: 2003 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon: 92 points
A Bordeaux-styled offering from the Italian-based Antinori family, the healthy dense ruby/purple-hued 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a Northern Medoc-like set of aromatics of cedarwood, graphite, spice box and black currants. Stylish, medium to full-bodied flavors reveal no hard edges, but rather an attractive Euro-like, mid-weight feel with lots of elegance, spice and earthiness. With 14.6% natural alcohol, this is not an insubstantial wine. Classy, stylish, and pretty, it should continue to drink well for up to a decade.
Washington Post: "Six Old-Style Napa Valley Cabs to Try"
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2009/2010 ★★★ exceptional
Piero Antinori, the famed Tuscan wine producer, makes this cabernet from grapes grown in the higher-altitude vineyards of the Atlas Peak area of Napa Valley. It shows great structure, dark fruit and a mineral finish that doesn’t want to quit. You might still be able to find the 2009, which benefits from more bottle age and shows how well a restrained style of winemaking works in a riper vintage.
San Francisco Chronicle: "2010 a Defining Year for Top Napa Cab" Antica Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: It was the sort of vintage to favor skilled hands like the Antinori family and Antica's manager, Napa veteran Glenn Salva. A precise, mineral-edged effort, with rosemary accents, inky plum flavors and tea-like tannins. Still young, but an excellent example of a focused higher-elevation expression from their Atlas Peak site.
Wine Spectator: "10 Bold Napa Cabernets" ANTICA NAPA VALLEY Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Townsend Vineyard 2009 Score: 91: Combines a rustic edge of crushed rock and savory herb with firm dark berry, mocha and red and black licorice flavors, with loamy earth and tobacco leaf notes. Chewy throughout, yet persistent and focused on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast: "The Antinori Sisters Prepare to Run a Wine Empire." When Italian winemaker Piero Antinori’s third child happened to also be his third daughter, he had to rethink a 600-year-old tradition of men running the family business. “He thought to himself, that’s life,” says 46-year-old Albiera Antinori, now the company’s vice president. “He didn’t have boys, so he had to deal with what he had.” Read the rest of the story.
Wine Enthusiast: Antica Napa Valley's 2010 Chardonnay receives 92 points. "Fashioned in the Burgundian style, this has some new oak and plenty of sur lie character, with rich, ripe flavors of pineapple, golden mango and yellow apricot and firm minerality." (8/1/12)
San Francisco Chronicle: Antica’s 2009 Estate Cabernet is one of the Chronicle’s top choices, representing a cross-section of Napa's best from a memorable vintage. (5/20/12) Read more...
International Wine Cellar: Steve Tanzer reviews our current release wines: 2009 Townsend Cabernet Sauvignon, 91(+?), 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 90(+?), and 2010 Chardonnay (89) (Issue 162, May/June 2012)
WeeklyWinePick.com: Dick Rosano reviews Antica's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon via a six-year vertical tasting Read more...
In the Mix: Antica Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are reviewed by Certified Sommelier Brittany Chardin (Summer 2011) Read all about it!
Sunset Magazine - Pairs Antica Chardonnay with Salmon (Summer, 2011) Read more
American Cabernet Sauvignon - Antica’s Cabernet Sauvignon is selected as one of a handful of special wines worth every penny. The Wall Street Journal (9/26/09)
Wineries to Watch - The Wine Spectator names Antica as one of Napa Valley’s rising stars. The Wine Spectator (11/15/09)