Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2010 Cervaro della Sala (90% Chardonnay/10% Grechetto) is seriously beautiful in this vintage. A large-scaled, voluptuous wine, the 2010 emerges from the glass with an exotic melange of honey, tropical fruit, butter, lemon and sweet spices. Underlying veins of minerality frame the striking, oily finish. Although the 2010 is pretty today, I will not be surprised if the 2010 improves with further time in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (Feb 2013)
Pale golden in colour with gold reflexes. On the nose is fruity with clean varietal character and good vanilla flavour. On the palate is soft and well balanced, with an excellent structure. 100% Chardonnay.
|Castello della Sala Chardonnay was first produced with the 1994 vintage. It is Marchesi Antinori's second Chardonnay, and, like its more important sibling, Cervaro, is produced at Castello della Sala, an 14th century Castle, located 11 miles from the town of Orvieto, which was purchased by Marchesi Antinori in 1940. The castle is an outstanding example of medieval military architecture, and its micro-climate makes it ideal for the production of cooler-weather wines such as whites or Pinot Noir.