Langhe Chardonnay

cavallotto-chard.jpgWinery: Cavallotto
Piemonte (Piedmont)
Locale: Bricco Boschis, Castiglione Falleto
Appellation: Langhe Chardonnay
Designation: DOC

Site: Vineyard is situated on the steep hillside facing East/Northeast, between Bricco Boschis and Vignane.  

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay - harvested in September

Fermentation and Aging: Low-pressure, very gentle whole berry pneumatic pressing before fermentation. Fermentation controlled at 16°-18°C for 45 days under slight pressure in stainless steel autoclaves. The wine is aged sûr lie for 9 months in the steel autoclave with daily batonnage, then aged 6 months in bottle before release into the market.

Notes: Pale straw color, with notes of green. The perfume is of pears and apples, with honeysuckle and fresh-cut grass. In the mouth, the wine fills the palate without being heavy - the fresh and vibrant acidity keeps the considerable fresh fruit flavors in balance and the finish delivers a long, nuanced finish of fruit with fresh, mineral qualities. Excellent as an aperitif, with light or medium rich plates in general. Also good with white meat, raw meats (like tartare or carpaccio) and fatty cuts such as salt pork. Excellent with seafood in general and shellfish grilled or raw. Also pairs well with fresh cheeses.