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Antinori's Must-Have Benchmark 2016 Pinot Nero
February 20, 2020
A Note from Sergio

Pinot Nero wine is hard to find--but a good one is worth the search. Italy's answer to Burgundy's beloved Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero has remained surprisingly local. It's not widely exported, and the wine mostly stays within Italy's borders (probably because we Italians know what's good). While most of Italy's Pinot Nero comes from Lombardia, Italian winemakers in many other regions grow the grape as a labor of love, crafting singular wines that show a beautiful union between Italian terroir and an international-styled grape. Some enologists say Pinot Nero is just the Italian word for Pinot Noir; others argue that it's its own clone. Regardless of who is right, Pinot Nero can make gorgeous wines that tell a riveting story that give an utterly new take on something you thought you already knew.

Today, I'm delighted to present a new allocation of one of IWM's favorite Pinot Nero wines, Castello della Sala's captivating 2016 Pinot Nero. This bottling comes from the Antinori family's Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala. Despite Castello della Sala's Orvieto location, which would lead you to think it makes only white wines, Castello della Sala is devoted to making a serious Pinot Nero wine, and today's 2016 represents a banner year, so this wine is incredibly special. 2016 blessed Umbrian vine-growers with the kind of weather they dream about--just hot enough, just wet enough, and just cool enough to give the grapes a long time to ripen on the vine. Today's '16 Pinot Nero is like a song you hear once and can't get out of your head--it's dazzling!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Dazzling Pinot Nero from Antinori's Umbrian Estate
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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(Antinori) Castello della Sala Pinot Nero 2016 750ml
(Antinori) Castello della Sala Pinot Nero 2016 750ml
Price: $59.99

The Italian term for Burgundy's famed Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero is Italy's version of the beloved red-skinned grape, and this ’16 Pinot Nero is unique, elegant and deeply Italian. Coming from Umbria, this wine sings with the region’s terroir, layering its pure red and blue fruits with savory herbs, sweet baking spices, and touches of toast, oak, violet petals, and cream in a round yet nimble palate. Fine-grained tannins meld with jaunty acidity as this wine glides to a lingering, mineral-inflected finish. The grapes for this wine spend ten days macerating on the skins in stainless steel; then, they're fermented in temperature-controlled barrels, followed by malolactic fermentation and aging for around eight months in barrique and another fifteen in bottle before release. more info