Pio Cesare’s Chardonnay comes from estate vines in the Cascina II Bricco vineyard in Treiso and the Colombaro vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba. A cool and rainy spring gradually gave way to plenty of warmth in late summer, allowing for slow ripening. This is a rich. oaky style thanks to barrel-fermentation and maturation on its lees for 10 months in one-third new wood. Its broad on the palate. with lovely freshness and a lick of lime accompanying the oak-spiced mid-palate. Despite the richness, the acidity brings elegance and balance. It will pair well with a feta salad or tempura squid.
Drinking Window 2019 – 2026
Drinking window: 2019 – 2024
Pio Cesare’s 2016 Chardonnay Piodilei is a pretty, nuanced mid-weight Chardonnay with good varietal character and depth. Slate, smoke and mint add nuance to a host of orchard fruit flavors.
I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next few years.
The 2016 Langhe Chardonnay Piodilei is shaping up very nicely. Tasted as an unfinished sample, this wine will be released in the upcoming months. This vintage of Pio Cesare’s oak-fermented Chardonnay shows clean integration and substantial aromas of tropical and stone fruit. There is some oak spice and smoke at the edges, but this cooler vintage puts more focus on varietal purity and identity. Some 12,000 bottles will hit the market.
A linear and firm white with sliced apples, light vanilla and cream. Medium body, a light phenolic texture and a flavorful yet focused finish. Shows complexity and seriousness. Drink or hold.