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Castello Della Sala Bramito del Cervo 2014

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92+ Points, Zachys Buying Team: “Delizioso! Hard to believe this is a second wine, but the younger sibling to Cervaro is 100% pure Chardonnay from younger vines on the rolling hills of Umbria. Clean, pure, and truly Burgundian in style – there is no over extraction of fruit and just the right touch of oak is used here. There is a persistence to the generous fruit here, but what stands out is the mouth staining inner perfume that echoes throughout the palate on a long finish. Along the ride there are notes of melon, apple, lemon rind, crushed white flowers, brown spice and a touch of almond. This is a tremendous little wine, serious value, a fun one to pour for guests or to accompany your grilled scallop dish. Easily one of the best value Chardonnays at this price point we have tasted.” 8/16 91 Points, Wine Spectator (SMART BUY): “There's density to this minerally white, with flavors of kumquat, white cherry, graphite, chamomile and ground anise framed by rapierlike acidity that creates a sleek, almost lean impression on the zesty finish. Like a young Chablis, this should develop nicely and show greater integration with short-term cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024. 1,600 cases imported.”

Region: Italy » Tuscany

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Winery: Villa Antinori
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Villa Antinori:
Villa Antinori is a prominent wine estate in Tuscany, Italy. Wine has been produced by the Antinori family since they came to Florence in the 14th century. The family estate, Palazzo Antinori, was purchased in Tuscany in 1506, and later that century, banker and merchant Alessandro Antinori began to produce the wines made there commercially. Generations later, in 1928, Marquis Niccolò ... Read more
Villa Antinori is a prominent wine estate in Tuscany, Italy. Wine has been produced by the Antinori family since they came to Florence in the 14th century. The family estate, Palazzo Antinori, was purchased in Tuscany in 1506, and later that century, banker and merchant Alessandro Antinori began to produce the wines made there commercially. Generations later, in 1928, Marquis Niccolò Antinori officially created the Villa Antinori brand, with the intention of producing an elegant Chianti fit for longevity. The wine was soon found in the cellars and on the tables of of some of the most prestigious houses, restaurants and hotels. In 1931, Villa Antinori began producing a white wine from Trebbiano, and in the 1980s, Chardonnay was added to the blend for elegance. In 2001, the estate added the production of Super Tuscans to their growing portfolio. In addition to table wines, Villa Antinori also produces sparkling wines, grappa and olive oil.  Read less

92+ Points, Zachys Buying Team: “Delizioso! Hard to believe this is a second wine, but the younger sibling to Cervaro is 100% pure Chardonnay from younger vines on the rolling hills of Umbria. Clean, pure, and truly Burgundian in style – there is no over extraction of fruit and just the right touch of oak is used here. There is a persistence to the generous fruit here, but what stands out is the mouth staining inner perfume that echoes throughout the palate on a long finish. Along the ride there are notes of melon, apple, lemon rind, crushed white flowers, brown spice and a touch of almond. This is a tremendous little wine, serious value, a fun one to pour for guests or to accompany your grilled scallop dish. Easily one of the best value Chardonnays at this price point we have tasted.” 8/16 91 Points, Wine Spectator (SMART BUY): “There's density to this minerally white, with flavors of kumquat, white cherry, graphite, chamomile and ground anise framed by rapierlike acidity that creates a sleek, almost lean impression on the zesty finish. Like a young Chablis, this should develop nicely and show greater integration with short-term cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024. 1,600 cases imported.”

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