Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation announces Marchesi Antinori as this year’s International Honorary Vintner, February 2, 2017:
“Each year our foundation reviews the vintners that have been instrumental in our success since our inception,” said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “These vintners’ belief in us in our early years created a level of credibility that allowed us to attract other quality winemakers and participants. Through their support, our auction has grown and achieved incredible success, which has allowed us to donate more than $13 million over 11 years and impacted the lives of more than 75,000 youth in Northwest Florida.”
Fodor’s Travel, November 7, 2016: “10 Under-the-Radar Napa Valley Wineries”
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San Francisco Chronicle Travel section, October 23, 2016, article on Napa Valley wine & food pairing, by Esther Mobley:
“…at $40, “low” accurately represents the cost of a tour, wine tasting and food pairing at Antica, especially given how special the experience is. I’d pay $40 just for the view. Following a tour of the property, your party will be seated either on the outdoor patio or, if the weather isn’t so agreeable, at the counter in the kitchen—which feels cozy and informal, as if you were in someone’s home. Longtime Antica employee Kim Wiss serves as both the winery’s consumer/trade manager and its chef; chatting with her is just as enjoyable as eating her food. The tasting includes four wines…In typical Italian style, you’ll enjoy a platter of cheese, olives, salumi, nuts and fruit—with all the bread and olive oil you could ever want—and end with a little bit of chocolate. Depending on what she’s got in the kitchen, Wiss often whips up some crostini, too. The portions still won’t constitute a lunch, but they feel plenty generous as a snack. You won’t see any worksheets about wine and food pairing chemistry here. Rather, the pleasure of Antica in a quintessentially Italian one: simple food, warm conversation, delicious wine.”
Forbes.com, August 24, 2016: “How the Color of Wine Matters, According to One Napa Winery” by Ko Im
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Forbes.com, June 29, 2016: “Olympic Swimmer Natalie Coughlin Talks About Winning and Her Wine Passion” by Katie Kelly Bell
Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin has much to be excited about for this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games. If she qualifies for the team she will be on the cusp of winning her 13th medal and becoming the most decorated female Olympian in history, which is, of course, amazing and would thrill any of the rest of us mere mortals. Yet, she admits to being almost equally excited about the wine she’ll receive if she pulls off a win: thirteen bottles of 2013 Antica Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Read the full article.
NapaValley.com, June 2016: “Seven of Napa Valley’s Most Exciting Winemakers”
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Shanken News Daily, May 24, 2016: “Antinori’s Antica Napa Valley Reaches Critical Mass” Read the article.
Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com, December 2015: 2013 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 94 points. A beautifully elegant, stylish Cabernet Sauvignon from the Antinori outpost in Napa Valley, their 2013 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautiful, sweet kiss of pure black currant fruit, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied, but with creamy texture, sweet, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol, this is an impressively well-crafted wine that’s drinkable now, but should evolve nicely for another 15-20 years.
John Vankat, AZ Daily Sun: In his “Holiday Wine Gifts” column, John recommends the 2012 Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Read the article
Antonio Galloni, VINOUS, October 2015:
- Antica Napa Valley 2013 Townsend Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 points Inky blueberries, graphite, spices, licorice, mint and lavender are laced together in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard. Finely knit and powerful, the Townsend offers plenty of mountain acidity and tannin that gives the wine its sense of direction and focus. Deceptively medium in body, this lithe, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well with just a few more years in bottle. There is a sense of translucency on the finish that is especially appealing.
- Antica Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 90 points The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, fleshy and voluptuous. Mocha, espresso, toasty new oak and crème de cassis are pushed forward in a super-ripe, voluptuous wine built to deliver considerable near-term pleasure. Drink this racy, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon over the next decade.
John Vankat, Arizona Daily Sun: “Wine 101: Acidity.” Read the story
Afar Magazine: “Six Reasons to Plan a Visit to Napa Valley.” Read the story
John Foy, NJ.com: “Napa Valley’s Antinori shows patience is virtue in wine world.” Read the story
Antonio Galloni/Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media: From “Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets”: Antica Napa Valley 2004 Cabernet: Bright, dark ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, violet, juniper and eucalyptus. Juicy, intense and energetic; not a thick wine but boasts terrific cut to its primary dark fruit and violet flavors. Gripping and still very young but not hard, finishing with slowly building, fine-grained tannins…
The Daily Meal: “An Interview with Piero Antinori: Winemaker, Visionary, Rock Star”: Read the story
John Vankat, AZ Daily Sun: “Looking for a special wine to celebrate the 4th? This strong-all-around Cab features beautiful purple-tinged color, impressive complexity on nose and palate, expressive fruit and a wonderful finish. Moderate tannins call for beef. Ask your favorite store to order this wine for you.”
WineWatch TV: “One of the best 2011 Cabs I’ve tasted.” Watch the video
Andrea Immer: It’s Thanksgiving wine time, but…where’s Napa?
Antica Napa Valley’s “subtle and sophisticated” Chardonnay makes Andrea’s list of recommended Napa Valley wines for Thanksgiving.
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D Magazine Sidedish:
“What to Drink Now: Napa Valley by the AVA.”
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Pacific Northest Magazine:
Antica Napa Valley ties for second in a tasting of Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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)
2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition:
Antica Napa Valley receives a double gold for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and a silver for its 2012 Chardonnay.
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Nick on Wine: A California Chardonnay: Amibition, Imitation, Success…and Reality
A perfect crescendo of high harmony. A triumph of restrained winemaking by the Antinori family of Tuscany who have bought their 26 generations of experience to the remote, rugged eastern slopes of Napa Valley.
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Boca Raton Tribune: Decadent White Truffle Dinner Kicks Off Palm Beach Auction Events
Antica Napa Valley was the featured winery at the sold-out Palm Beach Auction pre-event dinner.
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Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle: Navigating the Silverado Wine Trail in the “New Napa”
Antica Napa Valley is featured in an article about experiencing Napa Valley from the Silverado Trail.
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Ian White, 7×7.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 in Shotcrete, 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.
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.”
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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: “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.
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)
Dick Rosano reviews Antica’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon via a six-year vertical tasting
In the Mix:
Antica Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are reviewed by Certified Sommelier Brittany Chardin (Summer 2011)
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Sunset Magazine –
Pairs Antica Chardonnay with Salmon (Summer, 2011)
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)
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We invite you to enjoy a private tour and tasting at our estate in the breathtaking eastern mountains of Napa Valley. We accept appointments for groups of up to 8 people at 10 a.m. or at 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, and on Saturdays during the summer. After the tour of the estate and winery, sit down for a tasting of Antica Napa Valley's current releases in our beautiful guest room, which offers expansive views of the estate. Experience lasts approximately 90 minutes.