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Wines of UmbriaThough their contiguous positioning renders it difficult to discriminate between Umbria and Toscana, a condition that the latter’s fame exacerbates, Umbria is very much its own region—one that has been coming into its own zone and attracting the notice of both critic and consumer. Umbria traditionally privileged other product categories, though it has struggled to realize prime positioning in its favored specializations—truffles and olive oil. Its terroir, however, has always served it well: the collaboration between sea and mountain breezes realizes a classic context for ripening, while the volcanic soils put the vines under “motivational” stress. These conditions have been behind some of the zone’s most successful wines.
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(Antinori) Castello della Sala Pinot Nero 2015 750ml
(Antinori) Castello della Sala Pinot Nero 2015 750ml
Price: $59.99

2015 saw a temperate, sunny vintage at Castello della Sala, Antinori’s Umbrian estate, and this Pinot Nero reflects its year in its balanced, vibrant, and finessed profile. Red and blue fruits are framed by crushed river rocks, wildflower petals, baking spices, and a touch of earth in this elegant, full-bodied wine. This ’15 Pinot Nero finds admirable balance among its elements, and it reveals surprising complexity as it builds to a mineral-laden crescendo. 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
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2017 750ml
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2017 750ml
Price: $59.99

2017 saw a warm, dry growing year in Umbria, and the resulting ’17 Cervaro Chardonnay offers a beautiful union of creaminess, saline minerality, ripe fruits and elegant acidity. Layers of orchard fruits, stone fruits and tropical fruits meld with wildflowers, fresh herbs, crushed river rocks, citrus zest, and touches of butter, honey, and vanilla in this enveloping yet energetic wine. Though rich and textured, this Chardonnay feels vivacious, revealing its underlying structure in its piquant acidity and intense mineral finish. While you can enjoy the aromatic and seductive ’17 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay upon release, it’ll age wonderfully for years to come. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Grechetto, grapes vinify separately; the Chardonnay remains on the less for five months in oak barrels while the Grechetto ages in steel, after which the wine is blended and bottled, resting for ten months in the cellar before release. Sporting soils of clay, volcanic sediment and Pliocene fossils, the rolling land at Castello della Sala imparts a mineral inflection to its long-aging, world-class white. more info
(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
Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo Umbria IGT 2010 750ml
Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo Umbria IGT 2010 750ml
Price: $64.99

Juicy, brambly fruit meets underbrush, earth and incense in the animale, fleshy and kinetic ’10 Rosso de Véo. Chewy tannins, electric acidity, and a sweet inner perfume work in concert to make this a classic vintage of Rosso de Véo. A mesmerizing wine that showcases the kinder, gentler side of Sagrantino, Rosso de Véo derives from the estate’s youngest Sagrantino vines, mostly the Cerrete vineyard, the highest point of Bea’s estate at about 1,300-1,500 feet above sea level. Bea vinifies the de Véo in the same fashion as its Montefalco Sagrantino, a painstaking multi-step process that includes a 40-50 day cuvaison, a year of aging in stainless steel, two years in oak barrels, and another year in bottle before release. more info