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Our Wines

Unoaked Chardonnay
Grape Varieties

100% Chardonnay

Where to Buy

Unoaked Chardonnay

Toscana IGT

Tasting Notes

This Unoaked Chardonnay is a fresh and clean wine with harmonious structure and aromas of orange peel and honey, along with notes of golden apple, sage and figs. Earthy, nutty and green apple flavors leap forward. Enjoy its excellent balance and long, crisp finish.


The Story

When Ruffino introduced this wine in the 1980's, it was one of the first -high quality Chardonnays from Tuscany – a region long known for producing Chiantis and other red wines but not for white wines made from French grape varieties. The decision to not age the Chardonnay in oak was also unconventional, albeit essential to allow the wine's fresh-fruit and crisp minerality to shine through.

This wine is made primarily from grapes grown on Ruffino's La Solatia Estate in the hills outside Siena, an area characterized by fossils in the soil—reminders of an era when this terrain was under an ocean. This ancient soil, along with significant day-to-night temperature swings, gives the wine a unique mineral touch that extols its freshness and fruity core.

Food Pairing Suggestions

While Ruffino Unoaked Chardonnay tastes fabulous on its own, it also perfectly complements the fresh and simple flavors that dominate Tuscan cuisine. It is a pleasing companion to lightly seasoned pastas and seafood dishes such as rigatoni with stewed tomatoes; Tuscan white beans and pecorino cheese; and seafood dishes such as broiled halibut with garlic and lemon. A great choice for al fresco dining and summer entertaining.

Winemaker's Notes

We make Unoaked Chardonnay with grapes grown on the hillside vineyards, primarily from our La Solatia Estate surrounding the town of Monteriggioni outside Siena. Free-run juice (juice that has no contact with the skins) flows through refrigerated tubes into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks where fermentation takes place. After malolactic fermentation to add creamy texture, we let the wine rest briefly in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before we bottle it.