2014 Antinori "Cervaro della Sala" Chardonnay Umbria
This is the full treatment white from Italy and it always delivers. Aromas of cooked apple, cream, hints of toasted oak and peach. Full body, bright acidity, with tangy fresh fruit. Hints of yogurt and wood. Complex and truly great. Love the backbone of acidity that gives lovely form.
*Smart Buys* There's density to this minerally white, with flavors of kumquat, white cherry, graphite, chamomile and ground anise framed by rapierlike acidity that creates a sleek, almost lean impression on the zesty finish. Like a young Chablis, this should develop nicely and show greater integration with short-term cellaring. (AN)
Wine & Spirits
Notes of smoked hazelnuts and vanilla accent this Chardonnay’s flavors of tart lemon and Bosc pear, with bright acidity that cleanses the finish.
From the famed Marchese Piero Antinori's Umbrian estate comes this delightful blend of modern and traditional, the Cervaro della Sala from the Castello della Sala. Made from 90% Chardonnay and 10% Grechetto, the Cervaro della Sala was Antinori's first Chardonnay-based wine, introduced with the 1985 vintage. This wine has garnered many accolades including the coveted Three Glasses from Gambero Rosso. 98 Points Doctor Wine: Daniele Cernilli A famous French enologist during a blind tasting swore this was a Batard Montrachet but he could not identify where it came from, guessing it must have been a new producer. Instead, it was this Cervaro, a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Grechetto that ages in barriques for at least a year. The 2014 wine has less structure and more acidity while the color is less bright. The aromas range from flint to citrus fruit with some yellow plum sensations. The mouthfeel is saline, agile, fresh and very elegant with a subtle yet very long finish. In my view, this was the best vintage ever.