- Piero Antinori
- Chardonnay / Grechetto
- 2020 - 2026
- Case size
- Available Now
Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2020,
The 2018 Cervaro della Sala is a blend of 92% Chardonnay with a splash of Grechetto, showing a rich and alluring bouquet, leading off with a hint of vanilla bean and giving way to peach, a dusting of confectioner’s spice and dried yellow flowers. On the palate, silky textures flesh out across the senses, carrying flavors of ripe apple, apricot and sweet herbs, as minerals and acids mingle toward the close. The finish is long and almost salty, buzzing with energy and making the mouth water for another sip. The balance here is impeccable, as is the use of barrel fermentation to create such textural richness.
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385 - they are possibly the oldest wine producers in the world. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative choices, but always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Expanding all the while, this family's interests span several estates allowing them to offer wines from the best regions of tuscany. Their influence helped efect many changes that affected the quality of the whole region's wines. For example, in response to 15 years of difficult evolution, in which Piero plays a leading role, the Italian government overrules the old DOC regulations and introduces the DOCG del Chianti Classico. This new regulation is due to the huge improvements in the quality of Chianti: not only the reduction in the requirement of white grapes, and the authorisation of 10% of non-native grape varieties, but also in the reduction of production yields and (even more importantly, according to the Antinoris' concept of quality) yields per vine.
Umbria is the fourth smallest region out of Italy's 20 regions in terms of both physical size andpopulation. It is located in Central Italy, north of Rome, and has always been in the shadow of its neighbour Tuscany. Umbria is Italy's only landlocked region. Orvieto is its largest DOC region with80% of the region's production. The 1960s and 1970s fashion for dry white wines turned the regioninto another Central Italian blend based on Trebbiano Toscano (or Procanico), with Verdello and Grechetto. Increasingly producers have been using more and more Grechetto in their blends since this grape has a great nutty intensity that adds character to a wine. Sangiovese is the region'sprincipal red grape variety with Sagrantino often added to the blend. The latter has long been a secret of the region producing rustic wines for local consumption. It wasn't until the 1990s whenMarco Caprai created extraordinary dry red wines with vibrant fruit and vibrant tannins that the world recognised its true potential.