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Antica Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Vintage : After three years of plentiful harvests, California's water shortage finally caught up with Napa Valley's vines. At Antica Napa Valley, the Chardonnay harvest produced very low yields (50% of normal) due to the drought conditions and poor weather during bloom and fruit set. Mild temperatures and dry conditions throughout the summer allowed the Chardonnay grapes to enjoy a long, slow ripening period under ideal conditions with harvest beginning in late-August and continuing into late September. The Chardonnay grapes ripened fully with rich varietal purity while preserving the bright natural acidity in the grapes. Vineyard: Chardonnay grapes were harvested from 5 to 28 year old vines harvested from eight vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1420 feet, in the alluvium soil series that predominate in Foss Valley; Bale Clay Loam and Perkins Gravelly Loam, both soils formed from alluvium derived from volcanic rock. The vineyards are planted between 10 distinct Chardonnay clones; Burgundian 96, 76, 809, 548, 28, 108, 17 and the Heritage Weimer Selection provide for the complexity in aromatics and flavors while clones Prosser 15 and Martini 4 provide the natural acidity that brings balance and a minerality character to the wine. Vinification: Harvest began on August 26 and completed on September 20. The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours and immediately taken to the Antica estate winery where the whole grape cluster was placed in the press allowing for a very gentle release of the Chardonnay juice. The Chardonnay juice was chilled further in a stainless steel tank prior to yeast inoculation. Afterwards the musts were transferred to French Oak barrels (65% new) where alcoholic fermentation took place in the cool temperature controlled environment of the estate’s wine cave. The wine remained in contact with the lees (sur lie) in the French oak barrel for about 10 months, during which time the malo-lactic fermentation was completed. When the barrel ageing period was completed, the wine in each barrel was tasted and the necessary selections made. The wine from individual barrels was blended resulting in the final blend. Melissa Apter (Antica Winemaker) and Renzo Cotarella (Antinori Chief Enologist) oversaw the making of this wine. Taste: The 2015 Chardonnay is rich and flavorful with pear, white peach and notes of spice. This medium-full bodied wine is textured by being creamy, yet with crisp acidity that allows it to have focus, gusto and purity of fruit. Alcohol: 14.4%

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Antica Napa Valley:
Piero Antinori and his Family, famous for the Italian Super-Tuscan wines, have released the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Chardonnay. The Family brings 26 generations of wine-making passion, pride, patience and perseverance to Napa Valley. Antica Napa Valley is the symbol for Antinori California and represents the realization of a long-standing desire to produce great Antinori Family wi... Read more
Piero Antinori and his Family, famous for the Italian Super-Tuscan wines, have released the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Chardonnay. The Family brings 26 generations of wine-making passion, pride, patience and perseverance to Napa Valley. Antica Napa Valley is the symbol for Antinori California and represents the realization of a long-standing desire to produce great Antinori Family wines in the Napa Valley. The estate is situated on the Vaca Moutain plateau at an altitude of 1,800 feet above sea level. It is open by appointment only. Read less

External Reviews for Antica Napa Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 05/08/2018

Vintage : After three years of plentiful harvests, California's water shortage finally caught up with Napa Valley's vines. At Antica Napa Valley, the Chardonnay harvest produced very low yields (50% of normal) due to the drought conditions and poor weather during bloom and fruit set. Mild temperatures and dry conditions throughout the summer allowed the Chardonnay grapes to enjoy a long, slow ripening period under ideal conditions with harvest beginning in late-August and continuing into late September. The Chardonnay grapes ripened fully with rich varietal purity while preserving the bright natural acidity in the grapes. Vineyard: Chardonnay grapes were harvested from 5 to 28 year old vines harvested from eight vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1420 feet, in the alluvium soil series that predominate in Foss Valley; Bale Clay Loam and Perkins Gravelly Loam, both soils formed from alluvium derived from volcanic rock. The vineyards are planted between 10 distinct Chardonnay clones; Burgundian 96, 76, 809, 548, 28, 108, 17 and the Heritage Weimer Selection provide for the complexity in aromatics and flavors while clones Prosser 15 and Martini 4 provide the natural acidity that brings balance and a minerality character to the wine. Vinification: Harvest began on August 26 and completed on September 20. The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours and immediately taken to the Antica estate winery where the whole grape cluster was placed in the press allowing for a very gentle release of the Chardonnay juice. The Chardonnay juice was chilled further in a stainless steel tank prior to yeast inoculation. Afterwards the musts were transferred to French Oak barrels (65% new) where alcoholic fermentation took place in the cool temperature controlled environment of the estate’s wine cave. The wine remained in contact with the lees (sur lie) in the French oak barrel for about 10 months, during which time the malo-lactic fermentation was completed. When the barrel ageing period was completed, the wine in each barrel was tasted and the necessary selections made. The wine from individual barrels was blended resulting in the final blend. Melissa Apter (Antica Winemaker) and Renzo Cotarella (Antinori Chief Enologist) oversaw the making of this wine. Taste: The 2015 Chardonnay is rich and flavorful with pear, white peach and notes of spice. This medium-full bodied wine is textured by being creamy, yet with crisp acidity that allows it to have focus, gusto and purity of fruit. Alcohol: 14.4%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 11/19/2018

Vintage : After three years of plentiful harvests, California's water shortage finally caught up with Napa Valley's vines. At Antica Napa Valley, the Chardonnay harvest produced very low yields (50% of normal) due to the drought conditions and poor weather during bloom and fruit set. Mild temperatures and dry conditions throughout the summer allowed the Chardonnay grapes to enjoy a long, slow ripening period under ideal conditions with harvest beginning in late-August and continuing into late September. The Chardonnay grapes ripened fully with rich varietal purity while preserving the bright natural acidity in the grapes. Vineyard: Chardonnay grapes were harvested from 5 to 28 year old vines harvested from eight vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1420 feet, in the alluvium soil series that predominate in Foss Valley; Bale Clay Loam and Perkins Gravelly Loam, both soils formed from alluvium derived from volcanic rock. The vineyards are planted between 10 distinct Chardonnay clones; Burgundian 96, 76, 809, 548, 28, 108, 17 and the Heritage Weimer Selection provide for the complexity in aromatics and flavors while clones Prosser 15 and Martini 4 provide the natural acidity that brings balance and a minerality character to the wine. Vinification: Harvest began on August 26 and completed on September 20. The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours and immediately taken to the Antica estate winery where the whole grape cluster was placed in the press allowing for a very gentle release of the Chardonnay juice. The Chardonnay juice was chilled further in a stainless steel tank prior to yeast inoculation. Afterwards the musts were transferred to French Oak barrels (65% new) where alcoholic fermentation took place in the cool temperature controlled environment of the estate’s wine cave. The wine remained in contact with the lees (sur lie) in the French oak barrel for about 10 months, during which time the malo-lactic fermentation was completed. When the barrel ageing period was completed, the wine in each barrel was tasted and the necessary selections made. The wine from individual barrels was blended resulting in the final blend. Melissa Apter (Antica Winemaker) and Renzo Cotarella (Antinori Chief Enologist) oversaw the making of this wine. Taste: The 2015 Chardonnay is rich and flavorful with pear, white peach and notes of spice. This medium-full bodied wine is textured by being creamy, yet with crisp acidity that allows it to have focus, gusto and purity of fruit. Alcohol: 14.4% ** Only 4 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/08/2017

Vineyard: Chardonnay grapes came from 5 to 26-year-old vines harvested from nine vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1420 feet, in the alluvium soil series Bale Clay Loam and Perkins Gravelly Loam, both soils formed from alluvium derived from volcanic rock. The vineyards are planted to 6 distinct Chardonnay clones. Taste: The 2014 Chardonnay offers tremendous purity of fruit along with great depth and a clean and long persistence on the palate. The pear and white peach notes are prominent in this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that showcases beautiful fruit and spice notes. The wine is textured by being creamy yet with crisp acidity, allowing the wine to have focus and gusto.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/14/2016

Vintage: Winter temperatures were mild with the majority of rainfall occurring in early winter, allowing the vines to quietly rest during the dormancy period. Dry conditions in late winter forced the vines out of dormancy and into early budbreak. The weather during budbreak and flowering was ideal, leading to excellent fruit set with berry uniformity within each cluster. It was an ideal growing season, with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer. The Chardonnay fruit enjoyed a long, slow ripening period with harvest beginning in late August and continuing into early October. The Chardonnay grapes ripened fully with rich varietal purity. The resulting wine has bright natural acidity and great minerality. Vineyard: Chardonnay grapes came from 5 to 26-year-old vines harvested from nine vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1420 feet, in the alluvium soil series Bale Clay Loam and Perkins Gravelly Loam, both soils formed from alluvium derived from volcanic rock. The vineyards are planted to 6 distinct Chardonnay clones. Vinification: The Chardonnay grapes were harvested between August 29 and October 5. To determine the optimum moment of harvest and ensure maximum fruit flavor intensity, each vineyard was tested daily. The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours and immediately taken to the estate winery. Whole clusters were placed in the press to gently release the juice, which was chilled in stainless steel tanks prior to yeast inoculation. Musts were transferred to French Oak barrels (65% new) for alcoholic fermentation in the estate’s temperature-controlled wine caves. The wine remained on the lees (sur lie) in barrel for 7 months where it completed malolactic fermentation. When aging was complete, each barrel was tasted and the finest lots were selected. Individual barrels were racked resulting in the final blend. Melissa Apter (Antica Associate Winemaker) and Renzo Cotarella (Antinori Chief Enologist) oversaw the making of this wine. Taste: The 2013 Chardonnay offers tremendous purity of fruit along with great depth and a clean and long persistence on the palate. The pear and white peach notes are prominent in this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that showcases beautiful fruit and spice notes. The wine is textured by being creamy yet with crisp acidity, allowing the wine to have focus and gusto. Alcohol: 14.1%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 09/11/2015

The 2012 Chardonnay is pure, ripe, and richly flavored, yet fine and delicate. There are lots of distinctive peach, nectarine, and pear notes, finishing with subtle hints of vanilla and toast flavors. The finish on the wine is mouthwatering and gains depth with its long persistence on the palate. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 05/22/2013

Antica's 2011 Chardonnay is laced with lemon peel, white flowers, spices and crushed rocks. In this vintage, the estate's Chardonnay is especially rich and powerful, largely because the irregular flowering lowered yields by 50%. This is an unusual Chardonnay that is bright in its aromas and flavors but fairly broad-shouldered in style. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Anticas 2011 Chardonnay is laced with lemon peel, white flowers, spices and crushed rocks. In this vintage, the estates Chardonnay is especially rich and powerful, largely because the irregular flowering lowered yields by 50%. This is an unusual Chardonnay that is bright in its aromas and flavors but fairly broad-shouldered in style. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. - Robert Parker 92 Points



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