2014 Antinori "Cervaro della Sala" Chardonnay Umbria SKU #1263006


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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an outstanding wine that finally accomplishes all of the original intentions of this thirty year long project from Antinori. The idea here was to make an Italian chardonnay that would rival both California and Burgundian chardonnay, but what they needed was an expression that was uniquely Italian, not just a carrbon copy. With this 2014 vintage, not only has Antinori figured out the formula, they're knocked it out of the park. That little touch of 10% grechetto adds a lovely minerality to the wine's backbone and a hint of tarragon to the clean chardonnay flavors. The wine has richness, mid-palate structure, depth, and ageability. It's the whole package for fans of serious Italian whites.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I have to admit two: I eat a lot of Italian food and I drink a lot of white wine. What I often struggle with, however, is how to take both of those enjoyments to the next level for a special occasion. I can always go out to Stella Alpina in Burlingame if I want a fine Italian meal, but what high-end Italian white do I bring for the occasion? I've got a cellar full of great Barolos, Brunellos, and various other interesting reds, but what do I break out when I need a stunner in the Italian bianco category? After months and months of revisiting the same old selections (verdicchio, soave, vermentino, etc), our buyer Greg put this bottle in my hand and told me to have fun. As a fan of white Burgundy, I was excited to find an Italian equivalent and I was not disappointed by the Antinori. It had everything I was looking for: nuance, clean flavors, underlying complexity, and just enough richness. It tastes expensive. Those of you looking for a next-level white for your next Italian dinner need look no further.
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    A brilliantly intriguing wine. The nose begins with clean, bright citrus aromatics that has a hint of a richness hidden underneath. The first sip begins with great weight and develops into a leaner, crisper wine as it continues. The wine is extremely well balanced. A gentle, but mouthwatering acidity lifts the palate while a light underlining of minerality adds complexity without undermining the full body of the wine.


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