The 2011 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon combines rich flavors with a deep, plush texture. There is a generous array of dark berry, currant, black licorice and spice in both aroma and flavor. The wine has a beautiful finish, offering purity, focus and complexity.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely crimson color, brambly red fruit and toasty aromatics, and a medium-bodied, silky texture with present but fine-grained tannins. As is a signature of the Antica estate, the acidity keeps the palate fresh and beckons another sip.
The wine was then transferred to barrels, 40% New French oak, where malolactic fermenta¬tion was completed by the year’s end. After 15 months of aging, the best lots were selected and blended. Individual barrels were racked resulting in the final blend. Renzo Cotarella (Antinori Chief Enologist) and Nate Weis (Antica Winemaker) combined their individual expertise resulting in a wine of distinguishable Antica Napa Valley character.
"The estate’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon wraps around the palate with lovely depth in its expressive, resonant fruit, showing no hard edges and excellent balance. Espresso, mocha, plums, cloves and freshly cut flowers are all layered into the vibrant, delineated finish. The energy and tension of the 2011 are super-impressive. Antica did not bottle their flagship Townsend Cabernet, opting instead to use that fruit to strengthen their regular bottling. Based on the sample I tasted, that seems to have been a great decision. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026." -Rated 93, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate