Wine Details

La Spinetta Lidia Chardonnay Piemonte DOC

The Chardonnay Lidia is produced according to a Burgundian blueprint, seeking freshness and minerality and always keeping the alcohol in check, never above 13.5%. From the same high-altitude vineyard site as the Sauvignon, after primary and malolactic fermentations in oak, the Chardonnay spends an additional year aging in a combination of large casks and neutral barriques. Though crafted to withstand some cellaring, the Lidia is creamy and layered even at a young age, with exotic fruit aromas of pineapple and peach and enticing mineral nuances. Finishes rich and dry with a hint of butterscotch and subtle lingering fruit.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Chardonnay

Vineyard:

Mango, southern exposure

Yield:

2,500 bottles

Aging:

12 months in 2000 liter French oak casks

Alcohol content:

13.5%

Age of vines:

37 years

pH level:

3.3

Acidity:

6.50%

Production:

3000 bottles

Soil:

Sandy

Average altitude:

500 m above sea level

Vinification:

Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in used 2000 liter French oak casks

Harvest:

Beginning of September

First vintage:

1993

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Castagnole Lanze

Bottling:

Transfer to steel vats for 24 months before bottling

Release:

3.5 years after harvest

Evolution:

Recent press reviews

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La Spinetta Lidia Chardonnay Piemonte DOC 2017

James Suckling (93)- "Layers of ripe nectarine, mango, cream and toast on the nose. It’s full-bodied and ripe, yet with elegance and poise. Hawthorn and smoked-almond flavors, balanced by crisp acidity. Drink or hold."

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La Spinetta Lidia Chardonnay Piemonte DOC 2017

Wine Advocate (92)- "La Spinetta's 2017 Piemonte Chardonnay Lidia is an oak-aged wine that sees its fruit from a hillside vineyard in the area of Mango at a high 500 meters above sea level with loose, sandy soils. These conditions add to the freshness of the wine that comes through clearly, even in a hot vintage like this. This wine shows some pointed acidity or sharpness, followed by stone fruit, tropical tones and green papaya. The oak is played well, adding mild notes of tasted spice and hazelnut. Production is small."

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La Spinetta Lidia Chardonnay Piemonte DOC 2016

James Suckling (91)- "Tangy and fruity with sliced-apple and cooked-pear character. Honey, too. Medium to full body. Bright acidity and a clean finish. Drink now."