2010 Antica Chardonnay

Year: 2010
Appellation: Atlas Peak District, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"The 2010 Chardonnay is quite a bit brighter and more focused than the 2009. Lemon peel, flowers, spices and crushed rocks are some of the notes that flow from this taut, mineral-driven wine. Hints of lemon, mint and jasmine reappear on the crisp, delineated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Antica, the Antinori family’s outpost on Atlas Peak. Even though Antinori has been involved with this property since the late 1980s, these are essentially the first wines the family has made in its own facility. The Chardonnay is aged in 30-33% new barrels, sees batonnage for the first three months and undergoes partial malolactic fermentation. The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in 55-65% new oak, while the single-vineyard Cabernet from the Townsend vineyard sees 80% new barrels. Incidentally, for readers who can find them, both 2008 Cabernets are terrific." (WA)

"Very pale color. Aromas of orange blossom, crushed rock and spicy oak. Juicy and tightly wound, with soft citrus flavors framed and lifted by subtle mineral and floral elements. A bit lacking in sweetness and expansiveness, with some drying oak giving the finish a somewhat lean character." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The Antica Napa Valley 2010 Chardonnay is charming for its delicacy, freshness, and finesse. The wine’s natural acidity and minerality is wonderfully balanced with enticing flavors of white peach, apricot, apple and pear with subtle oak touches. The finish is elegant, expressive and persistent.

Chardonnay grapes came from 10 to 22-year-old vines harvested from nine vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards are planted at an average elevation of 1,420 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 fi ve distinct Chardonnay clones.