Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018 - 750ml
96 Points Wine Advocate
"Compared to the 2017 vintage that shows a more accessible and full-bodied style, the 2018 Cervaro della Sala is a classic edition—it's about as classic as I have ever tasted this landmark white from Umbria to be. This cooler vintage prizes finesse and elegance, and those traits are matched by efforts in the winery to accomplish that same goal. On many levels, the 2018 vintage opens a new chapter for Cervaro della Sala, with a stronger emphasis on preserved lemon, crisp pear and crushed mineral. The wine offers beautiful freshness and linearity. I must also mention that this vintage is released while the fruit is still a bit closed or shy. That slightly reductive approach bodes very well for the wine's future evolution."
"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 wines to have malolactic fermentation and aging take place in barriques. The first vintage of Cervaro to be produced was the 1985 vintage."
The 2018 Cervaro della Sala is a luminous straw yellow in color streaked with occasional greenish highlights. Thenose shows light toasted notes accompanied by aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and hints of butter. The palate isnotably savory and fresh, con characteristics of chamomile, white fruit, and flint along with a pleasurable persistenceand tasting depth. Its youth, although already inviting and enjoyable, announces much capacity for aging. The wine,still quite young, will evolve in an optimal fashion in the years to come.
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