San Giovanni della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Orvieto DOC Classico

Blend

Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Bianco and Viognier

Climate

The climate of the 2106 vintage was characterized by a mild winter with regular rainfall followed by a cool spring season which allowed the bud burst and the flowering to take place in a normal fashion. June saw a brief drop in temperatures, leading to a slight slowing of plant growth and development , but which came back to balance in July due to a warm summer with positive temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness. This led to a wine with an interesting aromatic notes.
The harvest of the Grechetto, the Viognier, and the Pinot Blanc for the wine began towards the second half of September and the picking finished with the picking of the Procanico.

Vinification

The grapes were fermented separately, variety by variety. A part of the crop was fermented using cold maceration techniques (with the must in contact with the skins for six hours at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit, or 10° centigrade) . This must was added to that obtained from the direct pressing of the grapes and the bend went into stainless steel tanks,  where it fermented at a temperature held to 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). After the initial rackings, the wine remained on its lees in order to further heighten its structure, elegance, and crispness up until the moment of its blending and then bottling.

Historical data

The first vintage of the Castello della Sala Orvieto Classico was 1990. In 1997 the wine became an Orvieto DOC Classico Superiore, a new appellation category established in that year. The “Superiore” category specifies that yields per acre in the vineyard must be lower than those of a normal Orvieto Classico, that the grapes can only be picked when in an advanced state of ripeness, and that the wine itself can only be marketed after the date of March 1st following the harvest itself. The Castello della Sala castle is located approximately ten miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Orvieto and is a fine example of medieval military architecture. The estate enjoys an ideal micro-climate for the production of wines which require cooler than average temperatures, in particular white wines.

Tasting notes

A light straw yellow with greenish highlights, the nose offers notes of peaches, citrus fruit, and pineapple. The wine is a balanced one with a fine harmony between structure and acidity. The finish is lively and of good length and persistence.