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Ruffino Libaio 1999

Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
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    Winemaker 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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    In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

    In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

    Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.

    AMR64324_1999 Item# 11566