Intriguing aromas of walnut, shiitake mushroom and dark fruits follow through to a full body, round and velvety tannins and a bright finish. A vivid and silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Drink or hold.
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 blackcurrant 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. (RP)
Elegant and on the more austere side of the variety, this wine is graceful and complex. Tight-grained waves of cherry, cranberry and cassis marry well with its velvety texture and restrained use of oak. (VB)
Antinori’s 1,200-acre estate in the eastern hills of Napa includes 600 acres of vines, the reds planted on rocky soils at elevations that reach 1,800 feet, well above the fog line. The sunniness of the spot comes across in the initial scents of baked sour cherries and peaches, along with tough tannins that take days of air to relent. The mountain-grown tannins are less bitter 24 hours later, and with 48 hours, the fruit and tannins have bonded into a sour cherry and mineral weave, with the warm spice of the sunny days and the cool freshness of fruit preserved by nights at high elevation. Built to cellar.
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. The Cabernets are the highlights in this range from Antica, the Antinori family's winery on Atlas Peak. The Chardonnay still suffers from some indecision, as it is made in a richer style than site seems to want to produce. The Cabernets are delicious, stylistically middle of the road wines that will drink well pretty much upon release. (AG)
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