Cervaro della Sala was one of the first Italian white wines to undergo malolactic fermentation and ageing barriques. The name Cervaro comes from the noble family who owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century: the Monaldeschi della Cervara. A blend of Chardonnay grapes and a small quantity of the local Grechetto make a wine that can age over time and represent the elegance and complexity of this unique estate. The first vintage of Cervaro was 1985. The immediate note on 2020 is one of cream texture, length and a wine of perfect poise. Digging deeper, there is a hint of oyster shell, salty pebble and citrus flower. This is a rare combination of pure texture and classic minerality that will develop so beautifully in bottle. A must have white and best drunk in 2 to 5 years.
Producer Information: Antinori
The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries, and exporting it for four; that’s twenty-six generations of uninterrupted family ownership. The first recorded mention of the family dates from 1188, when they worked in the silk trade. They moved to Florence in the early thirteenth century, and remain central figures in the fabric of the city; Piazza Antinori is the square in the historic centre where their offices are located.
Winemaking was added to the family’s activities in 1385, and during the sixteenth century the wines spread, along with Antinori’s reputation, to France, Flanders, Spain and North Africa. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion, which shows no signs of abating.