The 2012 vintage was a classic vintage in the Atlas Peak District of Napa Valley. Optimal conditions saw even budbreak and flowering followed by a string of mild, dry weather throughout the late Spring and Summer. As is typically the case, Antica’s estate vineyards remained above the coastal fog layer that moves in and out of the valley itself during June, July and August, leading to epic days of long hours of sunlight unencumbered by fog. Harvest proceeded in an orderly fashion, allowing our vineyard and winery crews to fine-tune the timing of picks and optimizing ripeness for each and every bin of grapes brought to our estate winery.
Antica’s 2012 Sangiovese was harvested on October 16th before being destemmed, berry-sorted and moved to fermentation vessels including both a stainless steel tank and neutral open-top barrels. The must was allowed to cold-soak for 4 days prior to being inoculated for fermentation. Gentle means were used during extraction, with punch-downs of open-top barrels twice a day during fermentation and delestage employed for the stainless steel tank. Pressing occurred 10 days after crushing, after which the wine was moved to neutral French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and elevage. The wine was racked twice and aged for a total of 15 months in barrel.