San Giovanni della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Orvieto DOC Classico

Blend

Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Bianco e Viognier

Climate

The 2017 vintage was, in general, characterized by an absence of rainfall and by a winter with temperatures below normal seasonal averages. A late frost during the month of April caused a reduction of production, particularly in valley-floor vineyards. The hot and dry climate of the summer months assisted in the early ripening of the grapes and guaranteed a crop of excellent healthiness. Drip irrigation was employed in certain vineyards to avoid excessive stress on the plants. The important, although isolated, rainfall of late August was particularly useful in the achievement of good ripeness in the later-ripening varieties such as Procanico while conserving good freshness and fragrance as well. The constant, and customary, attention to the  growth and  development of the vines and grapes, along with careful and timely picking, assured the harvest of healthy grapes characterized by an excellent freshness, capable of producing a wine of much balance between acidity  and alcohol. The picking of the Grechetto, the Viognier, and the Pinot Blanc for San Giovanni began towards the third week of August and concluded with the harvest of Procanico.

Vinification

The grapes, upon arriving in the cellars, were fermented separately, variety by variety, to fully bring out the characteristics of each different variety. Part of the must was given a cold maceration on its skins which lasted for approximately six hours at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) before joining the part produced by a direct soft pressing of the crop. The resulting must then went into stainless steel fermenting tanks, where it fermented at a temperature held to a maximum of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The wine remained on its fine lees for several months in order to increase its structure, elegance, and mineral character up until the moment in which the various slots were assembled and the bottling which followed.

Historical data

Castello della Sala is located in Umbria at approximately ten miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Orvieto. The soil, rich in clay on the whole, the vineyards with a fine eastern exposure, a climate characterized by cold – but not to excess – winters and warm summers in which fog plays a role in the ripening of the grapes: all these factors make Castello della Sala a spot with a very high potential for the production of fine white wine.

San Giovanni is produced from grapes grown in the Castello della Sala vineyards and is blend of Grechetto and Procanico, native Italian grapes, and Viognier and Pinot Blanc, international grape varieties; it is intended as a new style and interpretation of Orvieto Classico. The first vintage of the Castello della Sala Orvieto Classico was the 1990.

Tasting notes

San Giovanni della Sala shows a light straw color with greenish highlights. On the notes, pleasurable notes of tropical fruit fuse with light mineral sensations. The palate is noteworthy for its balance between structure and freshness, a fine savory character, and an attractive persistence of flavors of yellow fruit.