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To all Wine Exchangers,
Back in March we told you the story of Antinori’s iconic white wine, Cervaro.

Antinori’s Cervaro della Sala is, year after year, one of Italy’s greatest, high-profile white wines.

Antinori, unbelievably, has been making this wine since 1985 and the same man, Renzo Cotarella, has been at the helm since that point in time.

It’s a unique wine in its crafting.  The team allows their Chardonnay (88% of the blend) to undergo primary and malolactic fermentation in French barriques for several months, then they transfer the wine into stainless steel and pair it up with the Grechetto (12%) before bottling some time later.

It’s a barrel fermented wine but not a barrel aged wine. Get it?   Pretty cool, honestly, because you get the richness of barrel ferment and malo in barrel, but you also get the structure and nerve of a steel-aged wine, the best of both worlds.

We sell it pretty much every year but and it seemed back in March that the winery had reached their pinnacle with the 97-point Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2016.
James Suckling called it “The Batard Montrachet of Italy”.

We sold out in a couple of hours.

But then something crazy happened.

Antinori went and outdid themselves with the Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2017.

99 points.

Not a typo.

A special wine from a unique vintage.  As the winery notes, “2017 was, on the whole, a dry year with a winter characterized by an absence of rainfall and temperatures which were below seasonal averages. A late frost, which struck particularly hard low-lying vineyard plots during the month of April caused a loss of grape production. The warm and dry weather of the summer months favored an early ripening but guaranteed a very healthy crop…The harvest took place with the picking of healthy grapes, capable of producing a wine with a notably positive balance between acidity and alcohol. The picking of the Chardonnay to be utilized for Cervaro della Sala began at the end of the second week of the month of August while the Grechetto was harvested during the first days of the month of September.”

Naturally lower yields and plenty of sunshine resulted in a healthy concentration of flavor and more intense flavors.  Essentially? The 2016 with the volume turned to ‘11’.

James Suckling raves, “This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I have tasted. Drink or hold. 99 points.”

If we’re not mistaken this is the highest-scoring Italian white wine ever from Suckling.

Boom. Need we write more?

In stock now.  Hurry.
Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2017
99 Points! This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I have tasted. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com
ONLY $49.98
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