92 POINTS James Suckling - "A Chardonnay with lots of ripe lime and cooked apple character in addition to hints of yogurt. Full body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Layered texture. Always a go-to white from Tuscany. Drink or hold."
La Pietra’s Chardonnay grapes come from high-elevation vineyards (450 meters) that produce grapes with cool-climate freshness and balancing acidity. Handpicked fruit was gently pressed before cold settling for 24 hours. The Chardonnay must was fermented in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% one-year-old, for 15-20 days before malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 12 months on the lees in French oak (50% new) with periodic stirring to enrich the wine’s aromas and flavors, and a minimum 6 months in bottle before release.
The year began with a winter characterised by spells of rainfall that were abundant and consistent enough to replenish and guarantee excellent water reserves in the soil. Spring 2013 was characterised by quite peculiar conditions: temperatures were around the average and there was abundant rainfall, but there were reasonably long dry periods between the spells of heavy rain. The heat that truly arrived around mid-July sped up grape ripening processes, which continued with regularity through a summer with temperatures typical for the season and a perfect September that accentuated the differences between day and night temperatures experienced during the summer and permitted very balanced grape ripening. The 2013 vintage wines are elegant and fragrant, with good acidity and reasonable alcohol levels: there is a notable presence and persistence of the olfactory characteristics typical of the vine variety.
Rich, intense aromas and velvety, complex and balanced flavors include notes of spice, vanilla, butter and peach preserves.
Pairs well with roast chicken, pork, scampi and other shellfish dishes, especially those prepared with butter, and aged cheeses.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Chardonnay di Toscana IGT
ACIDITY: 5.73 g/l
AGING: 12 months in French oak (50% new); a minimum 6 months in bottle.
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: In barrel
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- A classic IGT Chardonnay that displays the unique Tuscan terroir.
- Matured 12 months in oak (50% new) and 6 months in bottle before release.