2022 Antinori Castello della Sala Conte della Vipera
The label shows the San Giovanni chapel (15th century) which is part of the estate and has historical value. The name of the wine refers to the rich history of the estate. Castello della Sala is famous for its (pricey) Chardonnay, but this Vipera made from Sauvignon blanc and Semillion is also a must.
Vipera (the viper) is one of the historical nicknames of the relatives who fought for Orvieto. Since 1940, the estate has been owned by the Antinori family. With this wine they show that Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon go well together here, nice and fresh, lots of ripe fruit and a nice long finish.
The Conte della Vipera from Antinori's Castello della Sala is a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon and what's nice is that you can clearly distinguish the different characteristics of each variety. The vineyard is located on a soil full of lime. The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed and crushed upon arrival. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. This is followed by blending and bottling.
The Sauvignon Blanc comes through most clearly in this fresh, elegant wine with floral scents, citrus and jasmine and the Sémillon comes in with honey and dry grass or hay. In the glass Antirnori's Conte della Vipera a light yellow color with green highlights. In the scent intense aromas of citrus fruit, white peach and lychee. An elegant taste of yellow fruit and minerals and a beautiful long finish. Fresh accents give the wine its playfulness.
The name Antinori is a household name in the wine world. Wherever you go in a little restaurant in the world, the wines of Antinori show off on the menu. And that is not easy! 600 years of experience precede, as many as 26 generations of wine know-how. Investments have been made carefully in domains and vineyards. And guaranteed in the best locations.
Marquis Piero Antinori is in charge and is assisted by his three daughters: Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. Funny those three A's. We are not going to bother you with all the awards that have been received over the years, because then this price list can no longer go through the letterbox. There are two red wines that are available on allocation and that one would like to get a few bottles from all over the world and that are Tignanello and Solaia and we also have these in our range at Grandcruwijnen.
In 1180, Ugo and Antinori di Rinuccino were officially named as owners of Castello di Combiate; a century later, the family who had moved to Florence were included in the register of the silk trade cooperative. In 1385, Giovanni di Piero, an indirect descendant, entered the wine guild as an apprentice. Since then, the wine-growing tradition of the Antinori family has been continuous. With the establishment of the Marchesi Antinori winery, the peak was reached in 1895 and already in 1898 the winery was built in San Casciano Val di Pesa, which is still the center of the widely branched group of properties in all major cultivation areas of Tuscany, Umbria. , Piemonte (since the early 90s through the purchase of the wine cellar Prunotto), Apulia and even California. The traditional house participating in the modern Tuscan wine-growing revolution owes much of its prestige to its former chief vinologist Giacomo Tachis, who produced exceptional wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello (especially sangiovese), Solaia (especially cabernet) and many others. the other was responsible. Vinologist Renzo Cotarella also created one of the best chardonnays in Italy in the Umbrian Castello della Sala.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Complex, Fruity, Powerful, Round, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Terras|