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Muffato della Sala – Antinori-0

Muffato della Sala – Antinori

Classification: Umbria IGT

Blend: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Grechetto, Gewürztraminer and Riesling

Climate: The 2008 vintage was characterized by a winter on the whole rather mild, followed by a spring with periods of intense precipitation and then a lovely summer. During the months of September and October, early morning fog and mist and the useful alternation of periods of rain with those of sunshine allowed “noble rot” to attack the berries of the bunches in a gradual fashion, eliminating risks for the health of the grapes. The picking of these grapes began during the last ten days of October with the Gewürztraminer, continued with the Riesling and Sauvignon, and terminated, towards the end of November, with the Grechetto. The fine weather which characterized the entire period of picking allowed the selection of the grape bunches to be carried out systematically and with the maximum calm in order to bring to the cellars only grapes of the highest quality, those perfectly ripe, giving us excellent material to work with.

Vinification: The grapes for this wine come from vineyards at the Castello della Sala situated between 200 and 350 meters (660-1250 feet) above sea level and planted on clay soils rich in marine fossils. The grapes were picked by hand with successive passages through the vineyards in order to select the bunches which had been attacked by “noble rot”. After their arrival in the cellars, the grapes were given a final selection on a sorting table, which was followed by a light pressing without any destemming of the bunches. After pressing, the must fermented for 18 days at a temperature of approximately 17° centigrade (62° Fahrenheit). The wine which was obtained, still sweet, went into 60 gallon Allier and Tronçais oak barrels where it aged for six months, was then assembled and bottled.

Historical data: Muffato della Sala is produced from grape bunches attacked by Botrytis Cinerea picked in early November in order to allow morning mist and fog to assist in the development of “noble rot”. on the grapes. This special kind of mould reduces the amount of water in the berries and concentrates the sugar and the aromas, giving Muffato della Sala a harmonious and unmistakable aroma and flavor. The first vintage to be produced was the 1987 and was composed of a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Grechetto (30%), and Drupeggio (20%). In succeeding vintages the blend was varied until it found its present form. Muffato della Sala is produced in very limited quantities.

Tasting notes: A golden yellow in color, the wine is of great intensity in aroma and flavor with floral and honeyed notes along with fresher sensations which recall citrus fruit. Though still young, it is a balanced, harmonious wine

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