Cervaro Della Sala 2014 Chardonnay, IGT Umbria, Antinori
Antinori's Castello della Sala estate in Umbria boasts high altitude vineyards between 660-1325 feet above sea level on soils derived from sedimentary marine fossils mingled with clay stratas. Cervaro della Sala, the "flagship" wine of the estate, has earned important recognition and countless admirers. It is the only Italian wine to receive Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri Award every vintage it's been produced! It is a blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto grapes, fermented and aged for five months in French oak barriques. It then matures in the bottles for about 10 months in the Medieval cellars of the Castle. James Suckling scored it 96 points saying "This is the full-treatment white from Italy and it always delivers. Aromas of cooked apples, cream, hints of toasted oak and peaches. Full body, bright acidity and tangy fresh fruit. Hints of yogurt and wood. Complex and truly great. Love the backbone of acidity that gives lovely form."