Antinori Cervaro della Sala
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750 ml | Alcohol/Vol: 14%
It is mainly produced with Chardonnay and Grechetto grapes, harvested overnight and refrigerated to preserve its aromas, before pressing and destemming. The two varieties ripen in different periods, are fermented and refined in a different way. Chardonnay is briefly cold macerated for 4-6 hours, then fermented for 18 days in new French oak barrels, where it remains on its lees for 6 months. The Grechetto, on the other hand, ferments and ages in stainless steel. The wine is then assembled and, once bottled, it rests for 10 months in the historic cellars of Castello della Sala.
It has a bright straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The nose opens with toasted notes and fruity nuances of citrus and exotic fruits, with slight sensations of butter. On the palate it is savory and fresh, with a long and persistent finish. Pleasant immediately, it has excellent evolutionary potential.
97 Points - James Suckling
A full-bodied white with complex aromas of hawthorn, ripe peach, apricot, mango, lime, flint, toast and some smoke. Layered, concentrated and persistent with bright acidity and a firm, phenolic texture. Hint of vanilla. Very long and refined. Beautiful as always. Very approachable, but better from 2022.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Castello della Sala 2019 Cervaro della Sala relies on a time-honored formula in which the Grechetto grape adds vertical intensity and freshness and Chardonnay gives structure and sophistication. Indeed, Grechetto (with late-harvest clones) never goes above 10% of the blend, and no malolactic fermentation is performed on that variety in order to maintain its tonic and fresh personality. This stunning edition shows orchard fruit, honey and flinty notes. The Chardonnay ferments in neutral barrique from September to February, and fine-grained wood is prioritized to render a reductive winemaking technique to further preserve aromatic intensity. This mid-weight and age-worthy white is redolent of Golden Delicious apple, acacia flower and tropical fruit.