2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1282343 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (1/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (12/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
​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.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2017 | Send Email
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!

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2017 | Send Email
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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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.1