Pinot Nero della Sala

The Wine

The first vintage to be produced was the 1990 vintage. The wine is made entirely with Pinot Nero grapes and is considered Cervaro’s alter ego: together they represent the two different expressions of Castello della Sala’s complex and refined spirit. Four hectares (10 acres) of Pinot Nero vineyards sit at an altitude of 400 meters (1312 feet) above sea level on calcareous soils rich in fossils with sedimentary sands from the Pliocene epoch.

Historical Data

The ten acres (four hectares) of Pinot Noir grapes at the Castello della Sala estate are situated at an altitude of over 1300 feet (400 meters) above sea level on calcareous soils rich in marine fossils which alternate with strata of sedimentary sands from the Pliocene epoch. The wine was first produced in 1990. Castello della Sala is a fortress erected in the 14th century located approximately ten miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Orvieto and was acquired by the Antinori family in 1940.

Pinot Nero 2007

The Wine

The first vintage to be produced was the 1990 vintage. The wine is made entirely with Pinot Nero grapes and is considered Cervaro’s alter ego: together they represent the two different expressions of Castello della Sala’s complex and refined spirit. Four hectares (10 acres) of Pinot Nero vineyards sit at an altitude of 400 meters (1312 feet) above sea level on calcareous soils rich in fossils with sedimentary sands from the Pliocene epoch.

Pinot Nero 2007

Wintertime temperatures were mild, rarely dropping below 0°C. Thanks to sunny and calm weather during the spring, and the absence of heavy rains, vegetative regrowth was good and developed about 15 days earlier than in the preceding year. In that year it had been necessary to perform several operations at the same time which normally take place consecutively. The months of July and August were hot but without excessive peaks in temperatures, thereby allowing the grapes to ripen gradually and in a normal manner. The absence of rainy days during the final stage of maturation permitted the development of healthy and concentrated grape bunches. Harvesting of the pinot nero began in the first half of September.

The grapes originated from vineyards located at an altitude of 400 meters on the Castello della Sala Estate, near Orvieto, in Umbria. After destemming and a partial pressing, the grapes were put into steel tanks. Maceration lasted for approximately one week, during which time a lot of attention was focused on the maximum extraction of color and tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature of 26° C and finished in French barriques (Alliers, Troncais), and was followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was left to age in barriques for 8 months, and was subsequently bottled. It was then bottle-aged for an additional 15 months in the historic wine cellars of Castello della Sala before being released on the market.

The ten acres (four hectares) of Pinot Noir grapes at the Castello della Sala estate are situated at an altitude of over 1300 feet (400 meters) above sea level on calcareous soils rich in marine fossils which alternate with strata of sedimentary sands from the Pliocene epoch. The wine was first produced in 1990. Castello della Sala is a fortress erected in the 14th century located approximately ten miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Orvieto and was acquired by the Antinori family in 1940.

This wine presents itself with hints of cherry, raspberry, and spices. It is well-balanced and elegant, with a burgundy style.

Castello della Sala

Castello della Sala

Castello della Sala is located in the Umbria region, not far from the Tuscan border, about 18 kilometers from the historic city of Orvieto. The Medieval castle’s property extends over an area of 500 hectares (1235 acres), 170 hectares (420 acres) are planted with vineyards at an altitude that varies between 220 and 470 meters above sea level (722/1541 feet) on the gently rolling hillsides that characterize the beautiful countryside in this area. Castello della Sala is the perfect place for growing white varieties. The vines grow in clay and calcareous based soils, rich in fossil shells, and they are well exposed to the rising of the sun with an excellent difference of temperature between day and night. The one exception to the rule is Pinot Noir, the only red variety that has found in this area ideal growing conditions to best express its full potential.

Soil

Soil

Calcareous soil with fossils and sedimentary sand dating back to the Pliocene period.

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