The Antinori family now counts 26 generations in the wine business in Tuscany, Italy. That's quite a history. But in the Napa Valley, it's much shorter. Though Marchese Piero Antinori bought an estate on Atlas Peak in the 1980s, the family produced its first wine, a Cabernet, only in 2001.
The 2009 Antica Chardonnay is one of the finest Chardonnays I've tasted recently from California. I love its minerality and bright acidity, the light touch with oak. Each sip reveals something different — citrus, smoke, stone. The texture is gorgeous; the finish is long and lush.
Drink it with oysters, with chilled Dungeness crab, seared scallops or lobster.
Region: Napa Valley
Price: From $24 to $37
Style: Elegant and focused
What it goes with: Oysters, chilled crab, scallops, lobster
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; L.A. Wine Co. in Marina del Rey, (310) 306-9463, http://www.lawineco.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.