Pinot Nero della Sala 2016


The 2016 vintage was distinguished by a winter with frequent rainfall and by repeated and significant drops in temperatures. It was characterized as well by a spring which was not particularly mild. Frequent but not particularly abundant rains between late April and mid-June, despite the important period of lower temperatures registered during the first ten days of May, assisted in a precocious and vigorous development of vine vegetation. The brief early anticipation of the various phases of the vine cycle came progressively back into balance during the month of July. A warm summer with positive temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness favored the development of aromatic components in the grapes. The picking of the Pinot Noir began during the first week of September and terminated in mid-month.


After the destemming and a soft pressing, the must went small, conical, stainless steel fermentation tanks where, after a three day period of cold maceration on its skins, it fermented for an additional week. This second phase was carried out at a temperature of 79° Fahrenheit (27° centigrade) and terminated in small French oak barrels, where the wine also completed its malolactic fermentation. The aging in oak continued for a few months, after which the wine was bottled. The wine was marketed after a period of bottle aging in the historic Castello della Sala cellars

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Pinot Noir shows a luminous ruby red color, not particularly deep but characteristic of this grape variety. The nose expresses delicate notes of berry fruit, pomegranates, red currents, and cherries along with spicy sensations. The palate is soft, silky, and of fine elegance and complexity. The persistence is excellent and gives much length to the finish and aftertaste.


Bibenda  5 Grappoli IT Wine Spectator 93/100 USA    

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.

Pinot Nero della Sala

The beginning of the 2021 growing season was marked by cold temperatures that extended the vines’ dormant period and delayed budbreak by about two weeks compared to seasonal averages. The month of May saw little rainfall and cool temperatures while summer brought sunny skies and good temperature swings between day and night providing the vines with the right conditions to make up for lost time. Beautiful weather continued for the entire period of the grape harvest giving vineyard crews time to patiently and systematically pick the best clusters to obtain the finest expression of Pinot Nero berries. Harvesting operations began the first week of September with healthy, fully ripened grapes that presented optimal freshness and an excellent aromatic profile.

After destemming and gentle crushing, the grapes were transferred into small stainless steel truncated cone tanks where cold maceration was performed over a period of three days. Alcoholic fermentation followed at a controlled temperature of 26 °C (78.8 °F) and lasted for about one week and was then completed in 228-liter barriques where the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and continued to age for several months. Pinot Nero della Sala aged in the bottle in the castle’s historical cellar for an additional period before being released for sale.

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 della Sala 2021 is a translucent ruby red color with light garnet hues. The nose expresses a delicate bouquet with notes of raspberries, red currants, wild strawberries that follow over to slight sensations of pink pepper. The palate is harmonious, supple with fine tannins: a wine that is pleasantly mellow while at the same time surprisingly complex. The finish is fresh, savory defined by excellent persistence.

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 600 hectares (1482 acres), 200 hectares (495 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.



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

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