2011 Cabreo La Pietra Chardonnay (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1149089 93 points James Suckling

 A Chardonnay with lots of yogurt and vanilla character with ripe pineapple and honey. Full body and very powerful with loads of flavors. Long vanilla finish. Drink or hold.  (7/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chardonnay La Pietra delivers toasted almond notes and butter with exotic fruit and pineapple. Creamy peach colors the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015. This is a second Tuscan wine project run by Giovanni and Ambrogio Folonari.  (8/2013)

Wine Spectator

 A hint of oak graces the apple, peach and floral flavors, adding spice accents. This is balanced and moderately long. Drink now. (Web-2013)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2014 | Send Email
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If you're a fan of the big, bold California style Chardonnay with a little fresher character this is your wine! Full-bodied and sumptuous texture, layers of spiced baked apple and vanilla and still has superb balance. A long finish and capable of aging for a another 3-5 years, while saving yourself $15!
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