2021 Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' Umbria IGT Italy

$87.99 USD

Winemaker Notes
The name Cervaro comes from the noble family that owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century, Monaldeschi della Cervara. A blend of Chardonnay grapes and a small quantity of Grechetto make a wine that can age over time and represent the elegance and complexity of this unique estate. Cervaro della Sala is one of the first Italian white wines to have malolactic fermentation and aging take place in barriques. The first vintage of Cervaro to be produced was the 1985 vintage.

Tasting Notes
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.

Rated 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.