Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto

Climate

Good, regular rainfall in autumn 2003 replenished the soil with water. The winter was very cold, with plenty of heavy rain and snow. These weather conditions delayed vegetation recovery and budbreak by about 10 compared to the average, even in the more precocious varieties. After flowering and fruit set the mild, rainy weather helped the vegetation develop well although the initial delay continued until veraison and ripening. The harvest began a little later than usual, although more in line with the usual time for the winery than in 2003. Production was good but not excessive and the dry month of August helped ripen the grapes with perfect sugar and polyphenolic content while keeping them healthy.

Vinification

The grapes come from 15-20 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% 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

A complex bouquet with fruity aromas of citrus, pineapple and pears blending with vanilla from the oak used for ageing. Excellent and unspoilt varietal character. Well-structured palate with lingering flavours.

Awards

BRONZE MEDAL

DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARD 2006

2006 UK

"Vino dell'Eccellenza"

ESPRESSO I VINI D'ITALIA 2006 Oct. 2006

2006 Italy

"Tre Bicchieri"

GAMBERO ROSSO November 2006 "Vini d'Italia 2006" guide

2006 Italy

Score 91/100

WINE ADVOCATE June 2007

2007 U.S.A.