A note from Marchese Antinori on Townsend Vineyard --
One of the great pleasures of being in the wine business is having the opportunity to meet many people and developing friendships that lead into wonderful relationships. One such meeting developed into a friendship that lasted many years and even though she is no longer with us, my relationship with Mrs. Townsend continues to provide a wonderful memory for me. When we first came to Napa Valley in 1985 we got to know Mrs. Townsend almost immediately. We quickly admired her for being a wonderful neighbor and would frequently visit her on our many trips to Napa Valley. I remember vividly the time she shared photographs of her husband driving the Caterpillar tractor as they built the small lake on their property. And on another visit she shared with us photographs of her trip to Rome during the time she taught music at the local college in Angwin. She seemed to live a simple life on top of her mountain, yet she was rich in her kindness and generosity. Read more >
It came as a great surprise when I received a telephone call from Glenn Salva in the spring of 1998. He was visiting with Mrs. Townsend when she asked if our family would be interested in purchasing her 40 acres that she considered her paradise for more than 50 years. For us this was a great honor as we knew she and her husband were wonderful stewards of the land. After a brief discussion with Mrs. Townsend, we agreed to purchase the land allowing Mrs. Townsend to have life time living rights to the property she loved.
The land at the time seemed very familiar to us as it is adjacent and to the northwest of the land we already owned. We knew from the native vegetation that the land would be highly suitable to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. Little did we know that after clearing the vegetation, we would encounter a massive amount of rock and boulders strewn over land made of upland volcanic soils.
The land occupies the upper steep slopes of Rector Canyon, a watershed that flows to Napa Valley some 1600 feet below so air and water drainage are superior. The land faces the west so it radiates with the bright Californian sun. We have come to appreciate the land for the “Townsend Vineyard” terroir.
Antica Napa Valley “Townsend Vineyard” 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is an incredibly symbolic wine for our family. It is with deep reverence to Mrs. Townsend that we name this wine from the land that we purchased 10 years earlier.
It also represents a culmination of knowledge gained from many years of experiences, both from Tuscany and Napa Valley, that we put to use in planting the Townsend Vineyard in order create a wine expressive of the “Townsend” terroir. The Antica Napa Valley 2008 “Townsend Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon was made from highly selected grapes representing only 22% percent of the vineyard’s production.
The combined effects of great “Townsend” terroir and skillful winemaking all contribute in making Antica Napa Valley “Townsend Vineyard” 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon a wine that is impeccably balanced with a stunning concentration and purity of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The deep and notable aromas of sweet blackberries and cassis are intermixed with minerality, earth, spice, and tobacco. On the palate the flavors are multilayered and intense with a solid core of fruit; the sweet tannins are firm and well integrated, finishing with a full bodied mouth feel and attractive elegance.
I hope you find the perfect occasion to enjoy this wine.