Press Reviews

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.

Wine Advocate on 2020 vintage

The La Spinetta 2020 Piemonte Chardonnay Lidia offers a creamy, mid-weight texture with pomelo fruit, preserved lemon, baked peach and tropical tones. The wine wraps over the palate with silky intensity. It closes with a hint of tart citrus. Lidia is aged in oak, stainless steel and bottle, with each passage lasting 12 months.

James Suckling on 2019 vintage

A medium-to full-bodied white with aromas of grilled hazelnuts, baked apples, lemon curd, pie crust and buttered toast. Excellent energy and acidity, with a lightly buttery texture and subtle toastiness. Elegent expression. Drink now or hold.

Wine Advocate on 2019 vintage

The 2019 Piemonte Chardonnay Lidia shows a pretty golden hue and mid-weight texture. That natural structure supports apricot, baked apple, spice and toasted nut. Packaged in a heavy glass bottle, the wine imparts smooth layers of mature fruit that drive a long and elegant finish.

James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Dried apples, waxed lemon, jasmine, nutmeg and smoked almonds on the nose. It’s full-bodied with fresh acidity and a waxy texture. Flavorful with complex layers of fruit and spice. Delicious now.

James Suckling on 2017 vintage

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.

Wine Advocate on 2017 vintage

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.

James Suckling on 2016 vintage

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

James Suckling on 2015 vintage

Plenty of smoky oak here, but the concentrated, dried-pear character takes it in its stride. Vibrant for a 2015 with ton of energy at the long, clean finish. Drink or hold.

Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

The 2015 Chardonnay Lidia Limited Edition is intentionally executed according to a Burgundian blueprint. This is intended to withstand some moderate cellar aging, and it offers a creamy, layered mouthfeel even at this young stage. It goes through its primary and malolactic fermentations in oak and is aged in a combination of large casks and neutral barrique. This vines were planted in 1993. Some 4,000 bottles were made.

James Suckling on 2014 vintage

A minerally nose of chalk, lime cordial, preserved lemons and hints of vanilla. Medium body, tangy acidity and a tension-involved finish. More like Chablis and delicious. Drink now.

James Suckling on 2012 vintage

A wine with brightness, clarity and crisp, precise fruit and flavors. Full-bodied but remains crisp and focused. Very long finish. A fresh, exotic chardonnay. Drink now.

James Suckling on 2011 vintage

A round, rich white sliced-apple, yogurt and honey character. Hints of apple pie. Drink now.

Wine Spectator on 2006 vintage

Sliced apple and bread crust aromas follow through to a full body, with pineapple and mango flavors and a ripe fruit aftertaste. Features lots of dried tropical fruits , with mineral and white pepper. Drink now. 250 cases made.

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