We had the great fortune of sitting with Allegra Antinori on Monday, April 20th, and to taste through an array of phenomenal Antinori wines including Cervaro della Sala Charodnnay 2005 and 2012, Pian delle Vigne 2008, 2009 and 2010, Il Bruciato 2013 and Guado al Tasso 2011 and 2004. All incredible wines, of course, but two caught my attention more than others: the 2010 Pian delle Vigne and the 2012 Cervaro. The 2012 Cervaro is a unique Chardonnay from Umbria and the fastest-selling Italian white we carry. We all know Pain delle Vigne, but no one in the States had tasted the 2010 in the US until that night—it was very exciting to be the first.
Umbria – Chardonnay, Grechetto
What a glorious little white wine this one is! Burgundian in style with an Italian flair, this Chardonnay is full and crisp; you can really see the genius of the Antinori family. To make a white like this in Umbria was a challenge, and they almost gave up. Were it not for accidentally allowing the wine to go into malolactic fermentation and, by mistake, kick in that process that sparked this new style of white, we wouldn’t know and love it today. Along with the 2005, which was incredible, I would drink this ’12 any day—and save a few bottles for ten years down the road. This wine will be magnificent with age.
Toscana – Sangiovese Grosso
Located in the southern region of Montalcino, where wines are naturally softer due to the microclimate’s exposure and weather, Pian delle Vigne is the Antinori’s site for Brunello. The Antinori family makes this wine in a traditional method with Slavonian oak, gifting these wines with lean structure combined with drinkability (thanks to the estate’s location). The 2010 was pure elegance. I love Pian delle Vigne, and I’ve been enjoying its bottlings from 2006 onward, but this is by far the best bottling yet made; the Antinori family took full advantage of the 2010 vintage and made a little masterpiece. I can’t wait to try the Vigna Ferrovia, the Riserva, when it comes out.