The story behind Antinori's Castello della Sala Cervaro is that it came about by accident. In the late 1970s, Piero Antinori had this vision of creating an Italian version of white Burgundy at his estate in Umbria, but he and his team couldn't quite capture his vision. By the mid-1980s, this team included a young Umbrian enologist named Renzo Cotarella, and Antinori, Cotarella and the rest were ready to give up on the project. In exasperation, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly. This induced malolactic fermentation and created this wine's creamy mouth-feel, which satisfied Antinori and made Cotarella happy. The rest, as they say, was history.
Today, we're delighted to present the newest release of Castello della Sala Cervaro Chardonnay, the 2012. It's lush but it's restrained, and the tension between those two opposites makes it a very compelling wine. I love this wine in every vintage, but the '12 is very seductive.
Along with this new release, I'm very pleased to present another wine that came about by accident, but this one is an old favorite. Today's offer of Gianfranco Soldera's 2005 Pegasos is likely the last we'll ever see of it, making this offer all the more special. Pegasos came about when Soldera saw that one barrel of wine was maturing differently, faster, than all the others, so he bottled it sooner, and he made this incredible wine that's neither a Rosso di Montalcino nor a Brunello. Like the winged horse that gives the wine its name, it's a mythical being. If you're serious about Italian wines, you do not want to miss this last allocation. It's perfect, but soon it will be gone.
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