2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1282343

Price: $44.99

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  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Months ago when we first got this wine in the shop, I remember really enjoying it. I tasted it again this past week and holy smokes, this is a rock solid Napa Cab! The Antica vineyard is located at 1,800 feet with volcanic rock and produces low-yields and concentrated flavors. Riper fruit is present but well balanced with a firm tannic structure. The price is right and can be enjoyed at any occasion.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    ​I love it when an Old World producer decides to make wines in the New World region of Napa. I don't always personally love the wines, but I always appreciate the injection of traditional styles, philosophies and practices into a youthful and eager to learn region. The Antica cab from Antinori is that clear cut example of how a family so steeped in Old World traditional can make a New World wine with such deft and balance. This Napa Valley cab that comes primarily from Atlas Peak is the perfect harmonious marriage between the formality and restraint of wines made in a cooler and less than forgiving region, with the approachability and wide-eyed eagerness of energetic California cabs. The Antica cab is brimming with black cassis, plum, graphite and a subtle mineral note on the nose. The first impression on the palate upfront is weighty and full bodied, but the prominent structure and acid profile keep this cab from being soft and flabby and give it surprising shape and lift.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    Antica Cabernet is the flagship wine from the Antinori project in the Napa Valley. The 2013 is just delicious! Savory herbs, ripe cassis flavors with a lush velvety texture, this wine is just touched with toasty oak. The finish is long and sweet. Being mountain fruit, there is a fair amount of structure and density to this wine, but it shows surprisingly open and fleshy. Enjoy now!
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    Antica is a property owned by the famous Antinori family. Their family has been making wine for six hundred and thirty years and have always held the highest standards of wine making. Their latest release of Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. A touch of brown sugar and plentiful blackberries can be found upon first approach. The palate offers bright cherries and herbs, velvety tannin and nice minerality. A soft refined finish is complemented by a chalky almost ash like characteristic that is a testament to the grapes and terrior.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    The Antica Napa Valley label comes to us from the Antinori family, famed for their bold and expressive Italian winemaking. This is reflected in the style and presentation of the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet, which is structured very much like a classic Italian wine: dry, with firm tannin, earthy spice and graphite notes. The vineyards of Antica are located high on Atlas Peak, and they are planted on predominately western-facing volcanic slopes. It's no wonder ashy minerality is the standout characteristic of this wine, which sets it apart from the typically fruit- and oak-dominated Napa Valley Cab.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    This 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the people at Antica, Marchese’s Antinori’s California venture. With over 600 years of winemaking experience under their belt, this wine shows both influences from their Old World roots to New World influences exemplified from the terroir and climate of Atlas Peak. Initial aromas of charred and grilled fruit, especially plum. Blackberry sauce and roasted green bell pepper round out the nose. On the palate, ripe blackberry is complimented by a noted mineral quality and espresso flavors. Supple tannins leave the wine with an elegant finish. For a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under $50, this wine delivers.


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