100% Chardonnay The first vintage of Bramito to be produced was the 1994. The Castello della Sala estate, purchased by the Antinori family in 1940, is located approximately 10 miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Orvieto. The castle is a typical example of medieval military architecture and its micro-climate, generally rather cool, is an ideal one for the production of white wines and Pinot Noir.
Grower: Antinori Piero
The Castello della Sala towers over a tufaceous promontory of the Umbrian Apennines (at 534 meters, or some 1750 feet, above sea level) just a short distance away from the boundary with Tuscany and approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the historic city of Orvieto. It is a lovely medieval fortress, surrounded by historic, hillside Etruscan villages, halfway between the Paglia river and the peak of Mount Nibbio. The estate consists of a total surface area of 500 hectares (1250 acres), 140 of which (345 acres) are planted to vineyards located at 200-450 meters (650-1480 feet) above sea level on clayey soils rich in Pliocene-epoch fossils of volcanic and sedimentary origin. Approximately eight hectares (20 acres) are covered by olive groves for the production, for domestic use, of extra-virgin olive oil.
2009 Cervaro della Salla Tasting Note|
2009 Cervaro della Salla Producer Tasting Note
2010 Cervaro della Salla Tasting Note|
2010 Cervaro della Salla Producer Tasting Note
2011 Muffato della Sala Technical Notes|
2011 Muffato della Sala Producer Technical Notes
2014 Bramito Tasting Note|
2014 Bramito Producer Tasting Note
2014 Cervaro della Salla Tasting Note|
2014 Cervaro della Salla Producer Tasting Note
2015 Bramito Tasting Note|
2015 Bramito Producer Tasting Note
2015 Cervaro della Salla Tasting Note|
2015 Cervaro della Salla Producer Tasting Note
2016 Bramito Tasting Note|
2016 Bramito Producer Tasting Note
2016 Cervaro della Salla Tasting Note|
2016 Cervaro della Salla Producer Tasting Note
2016 San Giovanni della Sala data sheet|
2016 San Giovanni della Sala producer data sheet
2017 Bramito Technical Note|
2017 Bramito Producer Technical Note
Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.
Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.
It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is now the most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.
Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.
|89/100||2019||2022||A bright, medium-bodied white, featuring a delicate skein of spice unraveling through flavors of Jonagold apple and peach fruit, with hints of lemon curd and chopped hazelnut. Tangy salinity lingers on the finish. Drink through 2022.|