Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto

Climate

A cold winter with little rainfall was followed by a mild spring with temperatures above seasonal averages. From June on, warm and rainless weather led to an accelerated ripening of the grapes, particularly such early-maturing varieties as Chardonnay. End of season rains gave some relief to later-ripening grapes such as Grechetto and allowed this part of the crop to ripen while maintaining good levels of freshness and aromatic fragrance. Intelligent, on the spot observation of the grapes and timely, careful picking, which began during the middle of August, guaranteed a harvest of fresh and  healthy grapes and a wine with an excellent balance of acidity and alcohol.

Vinification

The Chardonnay and the Grechetto were fermented separately; the Chardonnay must macerated on its skins for four to six hours at temperatures around 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) and then went into 60 gallon French oak barrels, where fermentation lasted approximately 18 days. It remained in barrel on its fine lees for an additional six months and during this period completed its malolactic fermentation. The Grechetto, instead, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The two grape varieties were then blended and the finished wine bottled. A further ten month period of bottle aging in the historic cellars of the Castello della Sala preceded commercial release.

Historical data

The name of the wine, Cervaro, derives from that of the noble family which owned the castle during the 14th century: Monaldeschi della Cervara. The Antinori family purchased the property – the castle and the surrounding land - in the year 1940. The first vintage of Cervaro della Sala, the 1985, was released in 1987. The wine has been awarded various prizes and won much recognition for the consistent excellence of its quality.

Tasting notes

A luminous yellow in color with greenish highlights, the wine, despite a hot vintage, maintains the savory freshness of the Mediterranean style thanks to a slightly early harvest of the grapes. The nose shows notes of chamomile, flint, and tropical fruit. The palate is mineral and the vibrant flavors fuse, with a perfect elegance, with the buttery notes and thelight touches of vanilla.

Awards

AWARD "TRE BICCHIERI"

GAMBERO ROSSO "Vini d'Italia 2015" guide

2015 Italy

AWARD "SUPER 3 STELLE"

I VINI DI VERONELLI 2015

2015 Italy

SCORE: 90/100

Annuario L. Maroni

2015 Italy

Award "5 grappoli"

BIBENDA GUIDE 2015

2015 Italy

Score: 96/100

James Suckling

2015 U.S.A