Marchesi Antinori, Cervaro Della Sala, Umbria IGT, Italy, 2019 through Merchant of Wine.

Marchesi Antinori, Cervaro Della Sala, Umbria IGT, Italy, 2019

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Overview of the Wine
The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.

The name Cervaro comes from the noble family that owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century, Monaldeschi della Cervara. A blend of Chardonnay grapes and a small quantity of Grechetto make a wine that can age over time and represent the elegance and complexity of this unique estate. Cervaro della Sala is one of the first Italian white wines to have malolactic fermentation and aging take place in barriques. The first vintage of Cervaro to be produced was the 1985 vintage.

Grape / Blend
92% Chardonnay, 8% Grechetto

Umbria, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
It is mainly produced with Chardonnay and Grechetto grapes, harvested overnight and refrigerated to preserve its aromas, before pressing and destemming. The two varieties ripen in different periods, are fermented and refined in a different way. Chardonnay is briefly cold macerated for 4-6 hours, then fermented for 18 days in new French oak barrels, where it remains on its lees for 6 months. The Grechetto, on the other hand, ferments and ages in stainless steel. The wine is then assembled and, once bottled, it rests for 10 months in the historic cellars of Castello della Sala.

It has a bright straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The nose opens with toasted notes and fruity nuances of citrus and exotic fruits, with slight sensations of butter. On the palate it is savory and fresh, with a long and persistent finish. Pleasant immediately, it has excellent evolutionary potential.

97 Points - James Suckling
A full-bodied white with complex aromas of hawthorn, ripe peach, apricot, mango, lime, flint, toast and some smoke. Layered, concentrated and persistent with bright acidity and a firm, phenolic texture. Hint of vanilla. Very long and refined. Beautiful as always. Very approachable, but better from 2022.

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Castello della Sala 2019 Cervaro della Sala relies on a time-honored formula in which the Grechetto grape adds vertical intensity and freshness and Chardonnay gives structure and sophistication. Indeed, Grechetto (with late-harvest clones) never goes above 10% of the blend, and no malolactic fermentation is performed on that variety in order to maintain its tonic and fresh personality. This stunning edition shows orchard fruit, honey and flinty notes. The Chardonnay ferments in neutral barrique from September to February, and fine-grained wood is prioritized to render a reductive winemaking technique to further preserve aromatic intensity. This mid-weight and age-worthy white is redolent of Golden Delicious apple, acacia flower and tropical fruit.

Product size: 750ml

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