Origins in Cabernet Sauvignon
The Townsend Cabernet Sauvignon is the first chapter in the story of Antinori Napa Valley’s wines. Named for tee-totaling Atlas Peak resident and neighbor June Townsend, who left her 40-acre ranch to Piero Antinori in 1998, the Townsend Cabernet Sauvignon became the estate’s inaugural release. Located high on a west-facing ridgeline overlooking the steep-sided Rector Canyon, June’s parcel was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1999 and swiftly proved to be one of our best vineyards.
Today, Townsend is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Cabernet Franc from an assortment of top vineyard sites on the property, including the original Townsend parcel. Townsend is a wine of precision, balancing generous fruit and fine-textured tannins with freshness and lift, while emphasizing structure, elegance, and sophistication.