ANTICA, NAPA VAL­LEY

Upscale Living Magazine - - Wines -

You’ll have to make an ap­point­ment to visit this re­mote, pic­turesque vine­yard perched atop the At­las Peak District and it will be so worth it. The im­pres­sive win­ery be­longs to the Ital­ian Anti­nori fam­ily, who have been grow­ing wines in Tus­cany and Um­bria for 26 gen­er­a­tions, dat­ing back to 1385. To­day, the firm, which in­cludes Antica, is run by Piero Anti­nori and his three daugh­ters, Al­biera, Al­le­gra, and Alessia.

The climb 1,800 feet above sea level through par­tially charred for­est in these eastern moun­tains of Napa Val­ley is a re­minder of how pre­car­i­ously close last year’s fires came to the win­ery. Yet the lush and thriv­ing vine­yards prove oth­er­wise, much in part to Antica’s tena­cious and ded­i­cated Es­tate Man­ager, Glenn Salva, who helped create fire­breaks that saved the prop­erty from ap­proach­ing flames. Salva’s charisma and clear love of these vine­yards is a re­flec­tion of the Anti­nori’s over­all phi­los­o­phy to create wines with pas­sion, pa­tience, and per­se­ver­ance, a value that was car­ried over to Cal­i­for­nia when the An­torini fam­ily part­nered with others to grow vine­yards in Napa Val­ley in 1985. By 1993 the An­torini fam­ily had full own­er­ship of the prop­erty. Even so, they took the time to cul­ti­vate and learn the land, re­leas­ing their first wines un­der the Antica la­bel in 2007. Aside from the breath­tak­ing views, you’ll get to sam­ple their ex­tra­or­di­nary Chardon­nay, Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, and sin­glevine­yard Townsend Cab in an ef­fort to un­der­stand how per­fectly this mar­riage be­tween Italy and Amer­ica is.

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