Sunday, January 11, 2015

Castello della Sala (Marchesi Antinori) Cervaro della Sala Umbria IGT 2012

Date of Tasting: 16 October 2014
Wine Type: White
Grape Varieties: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto
Alcohol: 12.5%
Origin: Umbria, Italy
Appellation: Umbria IGT
Expect to Pay: ~ EUR40
Chubby Appreciation: 93/100
Professional Rating: JS - 96/100

Appearance: greenish golden yellow
Aroma: tropical fruits, apple, mild citrus, and soft aroma of white flowers
Palate: Lingering mineral and acid that balance nicely with alcohol. Mild touch of oak. Notes of apple, pear, lime, tropical fruits, and malt. Rich dimension and structure in medium-full body but elegant.

Fabulous and fresh bottle of Chardonnay / Grechetto blend from a hot vintage. It is made for the joy during early life: i.e. drinking nicely now and perhaps during the next 5 years. First time to experience Cervaro della Sala and really enjoy it. I personally would not mind at all to stock up this gorgeous white blend to consume. Both expressive nose and complex palate blend pretty well. Superb with fish dishes surely.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
AG = Antonio Galloni
WS = Wine Spectator
WE = Wine Enthusiast
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound
FS = Falstaff Magazine
ST = Stephen Tanzer
CT = Cellar Tracker Average Score

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