Conte della Vipera

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

Sauvignon Blanc with a small percentage of Chardonnay

Climate

The beginning of Spring was characterized by rainfalls and slightly above average seasonal temperatures which favored an early budding of the different varieties. The following weather conditions determined excellent flowering and setting, resulting in a full-balanced production .The excessive rainfalls which characterized most of the Summer, from mid July onwards, created some difficulties in the ripening of the grapes and their healthiness. Weather conditions were not stable during the last three weeks of harvest: favorable at the beginning (allowing the non-picked grapes to reach maturity) and characterized by rainfalls at the end. The 2002 harvest has been one of the most difficult of the past years. In some areas we had excellent quality-wise production while in other areas results were not satisfying mainly due to the unfavorable climate conditions.

Vinification

At harvest time, a careful selection was made of the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes coming from the vineyards of Castello della Sala planted at between 650 and 1,300 feet above sea-level in soils derived from fossiliferous marine sediments with some clay. Once picked, the grapes were immediatly transferred to a special refrigerated conveyer to cool them down before their arrival at the press (this is important in mantaining the varietal characteristics). Immediately after a soft pressing, the must was kept at a temperature of 10°C to obtain a natural clarification. The must was then racked into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature not exceeding 18°C. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine was stored at a low temperature (about 10°C) in order to avoid the malolactic fermentation. Then a small quantity of Chardonnay wine was blended to the Sauvignon Blanc. This Chardonnay, grown on Castello della Sala, was carefully selected and its alcoholic fermentation took place in barrels (and its malolactic fermentation was avoided).
Alcohol : 12,0% Vol.

Historical data

The wine is named after the original owners of #Castello della Sala# and the label depicts a drawing of the San Giovanni Chapel (built in XV° century) which is situated on the estate. The first vintage to be released was the 1997.

Tasting notes

Intensely fruity aromas deriving from the union of the two grape varieties. On the palate well-structured and velvety with a finish that strongly reflects its aromas.