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Antinori Napa Valley and Passover wines

Antica Napa Valley Cabernet, $55.

Antica Napa Valley Cabernet, $55. Credit: Handout


Antinori, one of the top Tuscan producers, has brought drinkers classics such as Solaia and Tignanello. The family has made wine for more than 600 years.

Antica is a hybrid name, combining Antinori and California. It designates Antinori's Napa Valley estate.

The 2007 Antica Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($55) is a balanced, fragrant red, showing both finesse and power. Concentrated red fruit defines this elegant cabernet, a stellar addition to the repertoire.

You'll also enjoy the lively, very fresh 2009 Antica Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay ($35): complex, slightly minerally white wine, but immediately accessible, with pear and peach flavors, leading to a long finish.

Both are food-friendly wines. The cabernet calls for a porterhouse or sirloin steak, prime rib or roast beef, rack or leg of lamb. The versatile chardonnay goes with roast veal, pork chops, swordfish, cod, flounder, steamed or stuffed lobster.


Two good choices for the Passover table include the 2009 Mount Hermon Red ($12), a satisfying blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc; and the plummy 2009 Galil Mountain Merlot ($15).

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