Vineyard: The grapes originate from fifteen to twenty-year-old vineyards surrounding Castello della Sala, at altitudes between 200 and 400 metres above sea level. The soil is rich in marine fossils with some clay.
Winery: Grapes were kept at a low temperature for destemming and crushing. The two varieties were fermented separately. The must was kept in contact with the skins for up to twelve hours to increase the range of aromas, and was then transferred into new 225-litre French oak barriques for fermentation. The wine remained on its lees in barriques for about six months, during which time the malolactic was completed. It was then blended and bottled, and spent ten months in bottle before release.
Taste: Intense, complex aroma with notes of citrus, pear and acacia flowers balanced with a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied and well-structured palate with sweet notes of butter, hazelnut and mineral.
Press: "The 2009 Cervaro della Sala is absolutely beautiful in this vintage. Layers of ripe fruit blossom from the glass in this expressive, generous Cervaro. The oak is very nicely integrated, and there is just enough minerality to balance some of the wine's slightly riper qualities. This is a fabulous Cervaro loaded with personality and sheer class." - 91 points, The Wine Advocate, June 2011.
Awards: Three glasses, Gambero Rosso 2012
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