Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

Chardonnay 85%, Grechetto 15%

Climate

Positive spring temperatures and excellent water resources in the ground favoured good and early budding, and an equally positive flowering and bud set. The rainfall of early summer helped the vines to maintain a balanced vegetation even during the hot month of August. In addition, daytime to nighttime temperature excursion and continued availability of ground water allowed the grapes to ripen gradually and arrive fully ripe and soured with excellent acidity at the beginning of harvest operations in the second half of August.

Vinification

The grapes, harvested during the night, were brought to the winery in refrigerated vehicles to insure low temperatures when destemmed and pressed. The different varieties were fermented separately since they ripen at different times and also require a different vinification approach; an eight to twelve hour period of skin contact with the must of Chardonnay at 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) prior to the start of fermentation was utilized on the grapes. After this initial phase the must went into French (Alliers & Tronçais) oak barrels where it fermented for about two weeks. The wine remained on its lees in barrel for six months, during which time it went through malolactic fermentation. The various barrels were then blended and bottled and the wine aged for an additional ten months in the bottle in the historic cellars of the Castello della Sala before being released on the market.

Historical data

“Cervaro” takes its name from the noble family which owned the Castello della Sala in the 14th century: the Monaldeschi della Cervara. Antinori acquired the property in 1940. The first vintage of Cervaro della Sala was in 1985, released in 1987. The wine has been awarded various prizes in wine competitions for the constant high quality it has demonstrated over the years.

Tasting notes

The wine, straw yellow in color with green highlights, expresses a full range of intense aromas which range from citrus fruit to pears and figs along with acacia flowers, which fuse with hints of vanilla to increase the overall complexity. Its flavors are ample and well structured, very mineral and with sweet notes of hazelnut butter, crispness and tonic vigor. It is destined to age and evolve very well indeed.

Awards

AWARD "TRE BICCHIERI"

GAMBERO ROSSO "Vini d'Italia 2012" guide

2012 Italy

AWARD "SUPER 3 STELLE"

I VINI DI VERONELLI 2012

2012 Italy

5 Grappoli

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA SOMMELIER Guida "Duemilavini 2012"

2012 Italy

Score: 91/100

Wine Advocate

2012 U.S.A.

Score: 92/100

D'Agata & Comparini

2012 U.S.A