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Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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14.1% ABV
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4.4 6 Ratings
14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is pure and focused with intense aromas, an elegant mouthfeel and supple, sweet tannins on the finish. This rich Cabernet Sauvignon showcases concentrated blackberry, cherry, currant and spice flavors. The tannins provide a dense structure, yet the refined aftertaste maintains Cabernet’s strength of personality with its generous fruit on the finish.

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JS 93
James Suckling
Aromas of currants and blueberries with hints of dark chocolate. Medium to full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Drink or hold.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Displaying a look and feel of elegance, the lively and energetic 2014 Antica by Antinori Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits bright red and black currants, with a dusting of earthiness in its aromas and flavors. The wine's perky finish pairs it superbly with wild game, free-range poultry, and lightly-grilled ribeye. (Tasted: October 30, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
D 90
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A 4,000 case cuvée from the Antinori family's extensive holdings in Atlas Peak. Antica's Cabernet reveals notes of juicy berry fruit framed by creamy new oak and warm spice. It's a powerful, ripe wine but with good acidity and energy in this genre.
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Antica

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Antica, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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ANTICA is a symbol for Antinori California and expresses in Italian our family's passion for winemaking passed along 26 generations.

Napa Valley has a special place in my heart beginning with my first visit in 1966, having the free spirit coming from a new frontier, a wonderful history, and the potential to produce world-class wines.

Our wine estate is located on a high plain in the eastern mountains of the celebrated Napa Valley. Its hilly terrain, rocky soils, high elevations and beautiful landscape create above all an estate ideal for winegrowing.

Marchese Piero Antinori - Proprietor

Atlas Peak

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Just northeast of Napa city, Atlas Peak boasts some of Napa Valley’s highest elevation vineyards. Here the intense sunlight coupled with cool, nighttime temperatures produce grapes that are perfectly ripe, balanced and concentrated. The appellation is rich in volcanic soils and excels in the production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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