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.