Localization: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California, USA
Tasting Notes: The Mountain Select Chardonnay offers vibrant, mouth-filling flavors of baked apple, pear tart and apricot. This savory wine is layered with delicate toasty notes that fill in the mid-palate and linger through a well-framed finish.
93 points James Suckling: A tight, linear white with sliced green apples and hints of lemons. Some praline character underneath. Full-bodied, firm and focused. Shows Burgundian sensibility with its firmness and linear tension. Drink or hold.
The Domain: ANTICA is a symbol for Antinori California and expresses in Italian our family's passion for winemaking passed along 26 generations.
Napa Valley has a special place in my heart beginning with my first visit in 1966, having the free spirit coming from a new frontier, a wonderful history, and the potential to produce world-class wines.
Their wine estate is located on a high plain in the eastern mountains of the celebrated Napa Valley. Its hilly terrain, rocky soils, high elevations, and beautiful landscape create above all an estate ideal for wine growing.
Antica is a prime piece of wine-growing property in Napa Valley's Atlas Peak District. Owned by Antinori, Renzo Cotarella is in charge of all of the winemaking. The terroir is distinctly mountainous with high altitudes, volcanic soils, and rugged terrain. The Chardonnay grapes were picked from 5-31-year-old vines from select portions of 10 vineyard blocks, which are planted at an elevation of 1413 to 1494 feet.
The grapes were harvested in the cool, early morning hours and immediately taken to the winery. After destemming, the whole berries were placed in the press for a very gentle release of the Chardonnay juice. The juice was chilled further in stainless steel, inoculated with select yeast, and transferred to French oak barrels (50% new) to complete primary fermentation in the estate’s wine cave. The wine remained in contact with the lees (sur lie) in the barrel for approximately 10 months, during which time the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. When aging was complete, the wine in each barrel was carefully evaluated for the final Mountain Select blend.