Antinori Cervaro Della Sala (Chardonnay) Umbria IGT 2017 (Umbria, Italy) - [JS 99,

Antinori Cervaro Della Sala
(Chardonnay) Umbria IGT 2017
(Umbria, Italy) - [JS 99, #4 Top 100 of 2019] [WA 94] [W&S 93] [WS 91]

Regular price $70.00 Sale price $49.97 Save $20.03

JS99 WA94 W&S93 WS91
Notes from Winemaker:
The 2016 vintage was characterized by a winter with frequent rainfall and by repeated and significant drops in temperature; the spring which followed was not particularly mild in its weather as well.

Tasting Notes:
The wine, a light straw yellow with brief greenish highlights, expresses rich, complex, and intense aromas. The notes of citrus fruit, pears, and acacia flowers are in perfect balance with the sweet and spicy notes of vanilla. The palate is supple but vibrant, elegant and well structured, characterized by the classic mineral sensations and by the light notes of hazelnut butter.

Ratings & Reviews

99 Points & #4 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - James Suckling:
"This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I have tasted. Drink or hold." - (26 Apr, 2019)

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Thanks to the warm conditions of the vintage, the 2017 Cervaro della Sala takes us back to a time when this wine was denser, more extracted and packed with glycerin-rich fruit flavors like apricot and peach. Of course, the Antinori family has since moved beyond that style, most notably by tweaking the oak regime used on this wine. But the thickness and richness of the fruit in this dry and hot vintage takes us back in time with a hint of sweet nostalgia. This wine is fresh and spicy with stone fruit, mature apricot, honey, saffron and toasted almond. In a normal vintage, some 220,000 bottles are made, but production was lower in the 2017 vintage, resulting in 170,000 bottles instead." - Monica Larner (Oct 2019)

93 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine:
"Yields at Castello della Sala were down in 2017 thanks to a late spring frost and a hot, dry summer. Selective drip irrigation and early picking (mid-August for the chardonnay, early September for the grechetto) produced a wine with vibrant flavors of green apple and brisk lemon enriched by toasty notes picked up during five months in oak barrels. Decant this for an hour to allow the fruit and oak flavors to meld, and serve it with poultry in a rich cream sauce."

91 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Lavish hints of oak spice and lime blossom make an aromatic entry for this vibrant, medium- to full-bodied white, accenting the silky palate of nectarine, toast point and candied Meyer lemon zest flavors that linger on the finish. Chardonnay and Grechetto. Drink now through 2024. 1,500 cases imported." — AN (Aug 31, 2019)