Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
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.
Tuscany experienced a fairly frigid winter, in absence of snow and rains below average. The vegetative growth has been anticipated by a surprising spring, very hot and untimely. Given the hot temperatures, the flowering took place quickly and without interference. The season continued with high temperatures for some periods of the summer, alternating some rains. The vineyards, which enjoy a good maturity and an excellent balance during all the phases of the year, well endured the dry season. Sangiovese, which could be prone to damage caused by drought, did not suffer thanks to irrigations, taking water from the two lakes inside the estate. September started with sunny days alternated with some rains which brought to a very good technological and phenolic maturity which was able to guarantee structured and elegant wines, faithful expression of the vintage.
Floral and tropical fruits are among the complex aromas of this wine complemented by rich flavors and great structure followed by an outstanding minerality and crisp acidity.
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: 6.20 g/l
AGING: 12 months in tonneaux and 6 months in bottle
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1 g/l
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.
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
Ambrogio Folonari and his son Giovanni are counted among Tuscany’s top winemakers, presiding over seven estates in each of Tuscany’s primary areas of production.