About Antica 2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Antica is a prime piece of wine growing property in Napa Valley's Atlas Peak District. Owned by Antinori, Renzo Cotarella is in charge of all of the winemaking. The terroir is distinctly mountainous with high altitudes, volcanic soils and rugged terrain.The Chardonnay grapes were picked from 5-31 year-old vines from select portions of 10 vineyard blocks, which are planted at an elevation of 1413 to 1494 feet.
The grapes were harvested in the cool, early morning hours and immediately taken to the winery. After destemming, the whole berries were placed in the press for a very gentle release of the Chardonnay juice. The juice was chilled further in stainless steel, inoculated with select yeast and transferred to French oak barrels (50% new) to complete primary fermentation in the estate’s wine cave. The wine remained in contact with the lees (sur lie) in the barrel for approximately 10 months, during which time the wine underwent the malolactic fermentation. When aging was complete, the wine in each barrel was carefully evaluated for the final Mountain Select blend.
James Suckling scored this 93 points saying "A tight, linear white with sliced green apples and hints of lemons. Some praline character underneath. Full-bodied, firm and focused. Shows Burgundian sensibility with its firmness and linear tension. Drink or hold."
The Wine Advocate scored this 91 points saying "The 2018 Chardonnay Mountain Select features fresh Bosc pears, ripe nectarines and lemon curd notes with touches of lime leaves and hay. Medium-bodied, elegant and lively in the mouth, it has a restrained, understated character and chalky finish."