The 2016 vintage was characterized by a winter with frequent rainfall and by repeated and significant drops in temperature; the spring which followed was not particularly mild in its weather as well. The frequent but not particularly abundant rains between late April and mid-June, despite the important lowering of temperatures during the first ten days of May, favored the early and vigorous growth of the Chardonnay and Grechetto vine vegetation. This slightly precocious beginning of the vineyard’s cycle of growth gradually came back into balance during the month of July. A warm summer with positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness assisted in the development of the aromatic components of the two grape varieties. The picking of the Chardonnay began during the last ten days of August and was followed by the Grechetto harvest, as usual two weeks later in time and which terminated in mid-September. Winemaker's notes (May 2018)
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This is the Batard Montrachet of Italy with such and amazing depth and compression of beautiful fruit and chalk. Dried mango and dried green papaya. Full body, yet tight and focused. Energized acidity. Vibrance. Don't miss this one. A wine for now or in the future. Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2018)
Antinori Castello della Sala
The Castello della Sala property covers a total surface area of 500 hectares today, of which 160 are planted with vineyards on clayey soil of sedimentary and volcanic origin, rich in Pliocene fossils. The non-traditional varieties grown here include several Chardonnay clones and Grechetto.
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