Ruffino Libaio 2003

Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy

Item No. 77993
  • white wine

Winemaker's Notes

To call Libaio a Chardonnay does not fully explain this wine - even though it is made with 90% Chardonnay grapes. Nor can its personality be simply classified as a new-style Tuscan white or a single-estate wine.

Libaio is a Tuscan white wine with a personality all its own - lively, delicious, and very easy to drink.

Libaios Chardonnay grapes are complemented by 10% Pinot Grigio, both of which are grown entirely on Ruffinos Castelvecchio di Libaio estate near San Gimignano.

In another unconventional turn, Libaio is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and is not aged in wood. With no oak aromas or flavors, the essence of Chardonnay sings through in the wine, with complexity and liveliness contributed by the additional Pinot Grigio.

- Libaio is medium straw in color; its aroma suggests green apples, lemon, nuts, and even some pineapple.

- The overall impression is fresh, crisp, lively - and yet full of flavor.

Libaio is an extremely food-friendly wine, ideal as an aperitif, with chicken, seafood or delicate pasta dishes, and even with rich cream sauces.

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(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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