Antinori Cervaro della Sala
|Region||Cervaro della Sala, Italy|
The Badia a Passignano Gran Selection is produced exclusively from a selection of the finest grapes of the estate of the same name, situated in the Chianti Classico production zone. The Abbey of Passignano, around which the vineyards are located, is one of the loveliest fortified monasteries of the area and has been famous for the production of wine ever since 1000 A.D. The Antinori family purchased over 810 acres (325 hectares) of land around the Abbey (which belongs to the order of the Vallombrosian monks) in 1987 and, ever since, has also used the splendid cellars of the monastery.
Variety: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto
Origin: Cervaro della Sala, Italy
Aging: 10 months French oak barrels.The Grechetto, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.
Colour: A luminous yellow in color with greenish highlights.
Aroma: The nose shows notes of chamomile, flint, and tropical fruit.
Palate: The palate is mineral and the vibrant flavors fuse, with a perfect elegance, with the buttery notes and the light touches of vanilla.
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.
Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daugthers, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.
Each and every vintage, each and every separate area, each and every idea which is to be put into practice is a new beginning, a new search for higher quality standards. As Marquis Piero Antinori likes to repreat: “ancient roots play an important role in our work. But have never been a limit to our innovative spirit”. The estates in Tuscany and Umbria, the historic patrimony of the family, have been joined, over time, by investments in other territories with an important potential for high level wine both in Italy and abroad, in places where it would be possible to begin working for a larger prestige and wider awareness of the family’s ability to produce outstanding wine.
The Marchesi Antinori firm expresses its passion for viticulture by a constant search for even the smallest areas for quality improvement. For this reason, continuous experiments go forward both in the vineyards and in the cellars, seeking new clones of local and international grape varieties, experimenting cultivation techniques, vineyard altitudes, fermentation practices an temperatures, modern and traditional fermentation methods, different types of oak for aging and different sizes and age for the casks and barrels themselves, and different aging times before their commercial release for the bottled wines as well.