2012 Storybook Mountain Vineyards ''Antaeus" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1224501 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Immediately impressing with its sense of crafting and polish and as rich and refined in flavor as it is in aroma, the latest Antaeus marries the deep, dark berry fruit of Zinfandel with a bit of Cabernet cassis and is structured along distinctly claret-like lines. It is layered and long and thoroughly involving right now, but its balance and youthful vitality are the markers of a wine that will grow effortlessly. Allow for at least five years in the cellar, and we are certain those who wait for ten will be very glad that they did.  (9/2015)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2016 | Send Email
The Anteaus is modern in its blend, but old school in its winemaking. Structured and dry but displaying robust fruit, this fun blend is perfect for any rich meal or on its own at a cocktail party. It starts with all the fun blackberry bramble and peppery spice of Zin, but finishes with the serious concentration and structure of great Bordeaux. Open your cookbook, open your mind, and find your new favorite pairing!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
If I were asked to give one wine to someone who wanted to know what Napa Valley red wine is all about, this would be it. It is the past present and future and it is affordable. The past is the beautiful dark berry Zin with its accompanying spice. The present is the Cab, Merlot and Petit Verdot with their structure, lift and richness. And the future is the marrying of of the two. A wine for all wine lovers, it is accessible, layered and deep, suitable for dinner or your cellar.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9