La Salita Chardonnay, Piedmont, Italy 2020
La Salita is a negociant project from Giuliana Imports that launched this year. After 26 years of importing wines, Giuliana Imports has leveraged their relationships with producers and farmers to produce their own line of wines emphasizing quality and value. While the fruit sources and producers vary from wine to wine, the common thread is that no shortcuts are taken; just quality fruit, traditional farming, and experienced winemaking. Their Chardonnay is grown in the sandy hills of Asti. The grapes are harvested entirely by hand and quickly moved to stainless steel for fermentation. After primary fermentation the wine aged for 6 months sur lie, without malolactic, in a combination of 90% steel tank, and 10% used tonneaux. Bright green apples meld with Anjou pears, white flowers, and a refreshing finish.