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.
To maintain ultimate control of wine quality and style, the Antinori family’s guiding winemaking principle has been to own their own vineyards and grow their own grapes. This belief holds true with the historic family-owned vineyards in Tuscany and Umbria and extends to Antica Napa Valley. The 1,210-acre Antica Napa Valley estate occupies an elevated plateau tucked in an amphitheater-like setting of steep mountain tops rising to Atlas Peak with an elevation of 2,663 feet. There are approximately 550 acres planted to vineyard, 60% of which are Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 34 individual blocks. Each block was carefully planted to take advantage of the volcanic soil composition and high elevation with its abundant California sunshine and long growing season. Clonal selections were also grafted on the appropriate rootstocks to limit vine productivity.
Made with 100% Estate-Grown - 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc