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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.