Pinot Nero

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

100% Pinot Nero

Climate

We can define 2010 as essentially a cool vintage, one with a cold and rainy winter characterized by frequent drops in temperature. In particular, the weather was quite irregular from the second half of April until the end of June. There were twenty days of heavy rain which assisted the growth of vegetation in the vineyard despite another period of lower temperatures from May 10th to May 20th. The rains ceased during the last ten days of June and the entire month of July was marked by sunny and warm days which favored the color change in the grapes. August, a month which was cooler than seasonal averages, slowed down the ripening process and forced a postponement of the grape harvest by approximately ten days. The return of fine weather in September allowed picking operations to be organized in optimal fashion, an advantage due as well to the generally excellent vineyard work and canopy management, practices which, especially in difficult vintages such as this one, guarantee balanced grapes and quality wine.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested in vineyards at 400 meters (1325 feet) above sea level located in the Castello della Sala estate, near the city of Orvieto in the central Italian region of Umbria. After destemming and a partial light crushing, the must was placed in stainless steel tanks where the period of skin contact, a week in length, was conducted with maximum attention to the extraction of coloring material and tannins. The fermentation was carried out at temperatures of 26° centigrade (80° Fahrenheit) and was finished in 60 gallon Allier and Tronçais oak barrels, where the wine went through a complete malolactic fermentation as well. The period of barrel aging lasted eight months, after which the wine was bottled. A further nine month period of bottle aging in the historic cellars of the Castello della Sala preceded commercial release at 14° of alcohol.

Historical data

The four hectares (ten acres) of vineyards dedicated to the production of the Castello della Sala’s Pinot Noir are situated at 400 meters (1325 feet) above sea level on soils composed of calcareous fossil remains and sedimentary sands which go back to the Pliocene epoch. The first vintage to be produced was the 1990. The Castello della Sala is a fourteenth century fortress located at approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the city of Orvieto and was acquired by the Antinori family in the year 1940.

Tasting notes

A brilliant garnet red in color with delicate aromas which range from fruit to spices, the wine is soft and savory with silky tannins which show a very important aging potential.