Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

80% Chardonnay, 20% Grechetto

Climate

The beginning of spring was characterized by some rainfalls and temperatures slightly higher than seasonal average, favoring budding a few days earlier than normal, for the various varieties. These conditions resulted in excellent flowering and the relative vegetal cycle.
The rainfalls, during the first part of summer period, permitted a good vegetative balance of the vines also in the month of August, when there was a total ripening of all varieties.
This excellent condition produced more grapes per vine than desired for our quality production level. For this reason, during August, the grape were carefully selected and thinned in order to eliminate the excessive production.
During the first part of September the weather was particularly favorable and the grapes ripened perfectly.

Vinification

The grapes come from 14-18 year old vines planted at Antinori's #Castello della Sala#, at elevations ranging between 200 and 400 metres (656 and 1,312 feet), in Pliocene sedimentary soils rich in marine fossils with some clay. The grapes were harvested and immediately placed in special refrigerated conveyer equipment to ensure that the grapes would be cool on arrival at the press. The grape varieties were vinified separately. In order to maximise the wine's aromas, the musts remained in contact with the skins for about 8 hours at 10°C. Afterwards the musts were transferred to new French oak 225 liter barrels (Alliers and Troncais) where alcoholic fermentation took place over a period of 15 days. The wine remained on the lees (sur lie) in the barriques for about 5 months, during which time it completed its malolactic fermentation. It was then racked, blended, bottled, and remained a further 10 months in the bottle in the historic cellars of Castello della Sala before being released.
Alcohol : 13,5% Vol.

Historical data

In 1987, Antinori introduced its first Chardonnay-based wine, the 1985 vintage Cervaro della Sala, a name that translates as Stag of the Hall, and was taken from that of the 14th century feudal owners of #Castello della Sala#, an Umbrian castle Antinori purchased in 1940. The wine has won numerous awards, including the coveted three goblets from Gambero Rosso (one of Italy's leading wine magazines).

Tasting notes

Very fruity and complex on the nose, with hints of vanilla and excellent varietal character. In the mouth it is structured with a very long finish.

Awards

"Cinque Grappoli"

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA SOMMELIER Oct. 2001 "Duemilavini 2002" Guide

2001 Italy

"Tre Bicchieri"

GAMBERO ROSSO Oct. 2001 "Vini d'Italia 2002" Guide

2001 Italy