2018 Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' Umbria IGT - bottle price
The castle’s fermentation cellars were constructed to take full advantage of the principle of gravityand assists the movement of the grapes and their maceration without the crop being pumped or subjected to mechanical movement of the mass. The picking of the grapes takes place during the veryfirst hours of the day so that the cellars receive fruit in pristine condition, without the influence of the higherand warmer temperatures of the day. The must is treated to a maceration on its skins for four hoursatatemperature of 50 °Fahrenheit (10 °Centigrade)and subsequentlyfalls into stainless steel fermentation tanks where it loses its impurities before going into small oak barrels. Here it fullyferments and then is put through a complete malolactic fermentation. After five months of aging, the Chardonnayis usually ready to be blended and to go back into stainless steel, where it is assembled with the Grechetto, which has been fermented, separately, on its own, without contact with wood. The Cervaro della Sala is then aged in bottle forvarious months in the Castello della Sala cellars before being placed on the market.
Historical Data The name Cervaro comes from the noble familythat owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century, Monaldeschi della Cervara. A blend of Chardonnay grapesand asmall quantity of Grechetto make a wine that can age over time and represent the elegance and complexity of this unique estate.
Cervaro della Salais one of the first Italian wines to have malolactic fermentation and aging take place in barriques. The firstvintage of Cervaro to be produced was the 1985 vintage. Tasting Notes The 2018 Cervaro della Salaisaluminous straw yellow in color streaked with occasional greenish highlights. The nose shows light toasted notesaccompanied byaromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit,and hints of butter.
The palate is notably savory and fresh, con characteristics of chamomile, white fruit, and flint along with a pleasurable persistence and tasting depth. Its youth, although already inviting and enjoyable, announces much capacity foraging. The wine, still quite young, will evolve in an optimal fashion in the years to come.