95pts James Suckling
A full and juicy red with berry and mushroom character, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and tension. Drink after 2020.
94pts Wine Enthusiast
This wine shows its mountain provenance in meaty, grippy and gritty tannins and a broad expansive weight on the palate. But beneath its brawn is beauty and a rounded lushness of delicious drinkability, a mix of brambly blackberry, cherry, cassis and crushed rock. Let it sit in the glass over time or consider cellaring. Enjoy 2026–2031.
92pts Wine & Spirits
The Antinori family had been partners in this project when they purchased the estate in 1993, now 1,200 acres on Atlas Peak, with 600 planted to vines. They farm cabernet at the property’s highest elevations (1,800 feet), where the cool nights sustain freshness in the fruit. In 2016, this wine ripened to generous, savory depths of flavor, sustaining that coolness in tart cherry notes and generous, black-mushroom flavors in the tannins. Decant it for bistecca alla fiorentina.
The Antica Napa Valley 2016 Mountain Select Cabernet Sauvignon radiates with luxurious fruit, allowing the small percentage of Cabernet Franc to accent the beautifully spiced aromas. The palate is filled with succulent red cherry and plum flavors. The wine has great elegance and finesse while exuding richness, power, and concentration—which will allow the wine to age with ease.
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