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Cervaro della Sala
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Cervaro della Sala 2016

Umbria, ItalyWinter rains led to a vigourous start in the vineyards in 2016 that pulled back in July when warm days and cool nights restored order among the vines. The picking began with chardonnay in late August followed two weeks later by the grechetto. The winery experience is all gravity and after a short four hours of skin contact the must goes into stainless steel tanks before heading to barrel where the primary and the malolactic fermentation take place. Some three months later the chardonnay goes back to tank to be blended with 10 percent grechetto that is fermented separately in stainless steel. Post bottling, the wine spends several months resting at Castello della Sala. The wine has a light straw yellow colour. The aromas are bright with citrus, stony, pear, notes and spicy lees. The attack is dry and fresh evoking quince, butter, lime and grapefruit within a tight framework of oak with a dusting of hazelnuts. Try it with crab cakes, squash ravioli, or mushroom risotto. We love the leaner, cooler evolution of this wine, you can confidently age from four to six years. Cervaro takes its name from the Monaldeschi della Vipera family which owned the Castello della Sala in the 14th century. The Antinori family acquired the property in 1940 and the first release of Cervaro della Sala was in 1985.Tasted: 03 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 66.00 private wine stores ON 68.95 LCBO QC 59.75 SAQ Producer: Castello della SalaDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Chardonnay - GrechettoCSPC: 067488UPC: 8001935166009