Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2013 Front Label
Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2013 Front Label

Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2013

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine is light yellow in color with greenish highlights. It shows fruity and varietal aromas with pleasurable notes of citrus fruit along with white peaches and lychee. The palate has ample character and structure with a vibrant vein of acidity, which adds freshness to the flavor. The finish and aftertaste are long and balanced.

Blend: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Conte della Vipera is another delicious wine from the Antinori family (owners of Castello della Sala). This blended white shows very nicely in this vintage with stone fruit, white almond, yellow rose and fresh summer peach. In the mouth, the wine delivers medium texture, creamy consistency and a long finish. Conte della Vipera never skips a beat. It should hold for the next five years.
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The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.

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Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.

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