Our team at Michael's Wine Cellar is thrilled to present you a special offer from the Antinori family!
Castello della Sala ‘Conte della Vipera’ 2013
A perfect blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon! Refreshing and vibrant, this wine with high acidity and no malolactic fermentation is perfect for our warm Florida summer days.
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. (Note: This wine is expected to be available by mid-August.)
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: 90 Points
The 2013 Conte della Vipera is another delicious wine from the Antinori family (owners of Castello della Sala). This blended white shows very nicely in this vintage with stone fruit, white almond, yellow rose and fresh summer peach. In the mouth, the wine delivers medium texture, creamy consistency and a long finish. Conte della Vipera never skips a beat. It should hold for the next five years.
Interesting Facts from Our Friends at Castello della Sala
This "Conte della Vipera" wine is named after the first owners of Castello della Sala. The wine label depicts the chapel of St. John, built in the XV century and located in the territory of the Castello della Sala. The first issue of the wine took place in 1997.
"Conte della Vipera" is made from Sauvignon Blanc with a little Semillon grown in vineyards, which are located at an altitude of 250 to 350 meters above sea level, on the basis of the rich deposits of marine fossils with infiltration of clay minerals. This terroir allows the harvest of Sauvignon Blanc with a good sugar concentration and the maximum expression of the varietal aroma and flavor with hints of minerals and fruits.
The 2013 season was marked by frequent and abundant rainfall during all phases of vegetation and subsequent warm weather without the excessive heat. Unlike previous years, the maturation of the grapes was gradual and ended a little later than usual.
The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested during the first ten days of September, while the Semillon was removed from the vines in late September, two weeks later than usual. Harvested grapes showed excellent health, fine acidity and excellent varietal flavor. Immediately after hand-picking the grapes has been sent to the winery, where it is cooled by means of a conveyor with cold water. This process is important to preserve aromas of grapes. After soft pressing musts was again cooled at 10 ° C for natural decantation. Fermentation tanks of stainless steel was held at a controlled temperature not exceeding 16 ° C. Then the wine is stored at low temperature (10 ° C) to prevent the malolactic fermentation and preserving the greatest extent possible varietal character grapes.