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2016 Antica "Mountain Select" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $60+)

SKU #1482311 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A full and juicy red with berry and mushroom character, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and tension. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine shows its mountain provenance in meaty, grippy and gritty tannins and a broad expansive weight on the palate. But beneath its brawn is beauty and a rounded lushness of delicious drinkability, a mix of brambly blackberry, cherry, cassis and crushed rock. Let it sit in the glass over time or consider cellaring. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Select offers terrific freshness and vibrancy, all in the mid-weight style of the year. Succulent dark cherry, spice, lavender, mint and hard candy are finely drawn in this very pretty, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so. The superiority of 2016 next to 2015 is evident here. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Antinori family had been partners in this project when they purchased the estate in 1993, now 1,200 acres on Atlas Peak, with 600 planted to vines. They farm cabernet at the property’s highest elevations (1,800 feet), where the cool nights sustain freshness in the fruit. In 2016, this wine ripened to generous, savory depths of flavor, sustaining that coolness in tart cherry notes and generous, black-mushroom flavors in the tannins. Decant it for bistecca alla fiorentina. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The Antica Napa Valley 2016 Mountain Select Cabernet Sauvignon radiates with luxurious fruit, allowing the small percentage of Cabernet Franc to accent the beautifully spiced aromas. The palate is filled with succulent red cherry and plum flavors. The wine has great elegance and finesse while exuding richness, power, and concentration, which will allow the wine to age with ease. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is the inaugural vintage to carry the Mountain Select designation. As harvest nears each year, the Antica winegrowing team meticulously selects those mountain blocks, or rows within a block, that best highlight the characteristics for our desired style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Approximately 18% of the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was selected for the final blend of the Mountain Select Cabernet Sauvignon."

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