2015 Antinori "Cervaro della Sala" Chardonnay Umbria

SKU #1295616 95 points James Suckling

 Intense aromas of crushed lime and lemon as well as mineral and flint follow through to a medium body, ultra-precise acid and fruit balance. Long and linear finish. Just a hint of vanilla and cream. Give it a year or two to develop in the bottle but already a beauty.  (2/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a beautiful wine that consistently outperforms vintage variation. In other words, it maintains very high quality despite the many troubles Mother Nature can throw its way. This was an easy vintage with a hot summer and plumper, richer aromas as a result. The 2015 Cervaro della Sala is robust and exuberant with bold fruit flavors and soft renderings of roasted almond, Umbrian saffron and spice. I loved the cooler and more delicate 2014 vintage, but I also adore this more powerful version from 2015.  (12/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Aromatic with lime blossom, white peach and spice notes, this creamy, medium-bodied white layers rich flavors of melon, Meyer lemon zest and toast with a minerally underpinning and firm, finely knit acidity. Long, lasting finish. Chardonnay with Grechetto. Drink now through 2025. 2,200 cases imported. (AN)  (8/2017)

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
This is a great wine for fans of that "typical" California Chardonnay profile: rich, textured, plenty of fruit and oak that makes its presence known but is well integrated. The majority of white wine shoppers that I encounter don't think about Italy when it comes to Chardonnay but I am happy to introduce them to similar styles from a region they wouldn't normally consider.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2018 | Send Email
Have that friend that claims they hate Chardonnay? Pour them a glass of this and watch the conversion happen before your eyes! Absolutely gorgeous crisp and floral bouquet hides its varietal on the nose. On the palate, the wine is round and very texturous with juicy weight. The alcohol level is perfectly balanced, making this bottle super versatile. From post-work, to dinner, to the night cap, this is an awesome bottle of Italian white than can do it all.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2018 | Send Email
I've long admired the Antinori family's commitment to the preservation of a fair number of significant estates in different locales within Italy. They purchased this particular property, Castello della Sala, in 1940, which is not only beautifully restored but also houses a world class winery and vineyards. Their Cervaro, having been produced since 1985, is a clear reflection of their desire to make a great white Umbrian wine and of their vision of what that should be. This unique blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto has developed a huge following and the 2015 is a stunner. Cervaro weds a richly textured and flavored-packed international style palate with underlying old world terrior, bright acidity and a pleasant kiss of oak on the finish. Although delicious now, it will certainly broaden with time in the cellar.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine jumps out of the glass, a wave of nutmeg, butterscotch and vanilla on top with baked apple underneath, at first it’s reminiscent of a Napa Chardonnay but the difference lies on the palate. The wine comes alive on your tongue, vibrant acidity lifts the center and extends the richness it is also freshened by the use of 10% Grechetto a local indigenous variety that gives a bit more fruit. While having all the trappings of richness this wine still has an energetic drive, a real zip that makes it an excellent food match. A complex long lasting finish that is a mixture of texture, crispness and spiced fruit goes on and on.
Drink from 2018 to 2022

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2018 | Send Email
As I lifted the glass to my nose, the smell of dry white minerality, sweet Meyer lemon and hints of toasted oak send my mind to high-end white Burgundy. It is an elegant, balanced, and nuanced Chardonnay that blows any competition out of the water. A gentle acidity keeps the wine long on the palate while the rich texture allows it linger on your tongue. While I am certainly enjoying the wine on its own, a food pairing of salmon, halibut or even a garlic roasted chicken sounds unbelievably delightful!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2018 | Send Email
Love, love this wine! Bright and brisk, full-bodied but with incredibly clean mineral profile and impeccable freshness. To me this wine is on the same level as 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet. If I'd taste it blind I'd say it's Burgundy, because of its precise balance, wonderful acidity and overall pure flavor. Finish is long and lingers on and on.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2018 | Send Email
Burgundy From Umbria? Currently one of the best white wines of Italy, this offers complex aromas of cream, toasted oak, and is full-bodied, very rich, with loads of fruit enhanced by hints of wood and lots of minerality. Incredible length on the finish.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Umbria

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5