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Tenuta di Nozzole Toscana Chardonnay le Bruniche 750ml 2012
Sku: 1843364
Nozzole Le Bruniche is an elegant and distinctive expression of the Chardonnay variety, with a clean, fragrant bouquet of white and tropical fruits offset by slight nuances of toast. ...more
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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Toscano
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Reg. $13.49
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Bright, ripe tropical fruit flavors and aromas markthis clean, refined Chardonnay of medium body, finely-tuned balance and supple texture underscored by a fresh acidic note.
Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2012 Chardonnay Le Bruniche is an extremely luminous and bright white wine with shiny golden brilliance. Exotic fruit, melon and lemon curd last long on the luscious finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015. (Aug 2013)

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Nozzole Le Bruniche is an elegant and distinctive expression of the Chardonnay variety, with a clean, fragrant bouquet of white and tropical fruits offset by slight nuances of toast. On the palate, it shows a superb balance of fruit ripeness underscored by a fresh acidity and structure of medium body, with an overall impression of delicate complexity. These are repeated in the clean, persistent finish, which ends on a subtle toasty note.
Wine maker notes
Vigneto Le Bruniche lies on one of the estate's most elevated hillsides, at 900 feet above sea level, on soils consisting of limestone schists and porous marl rubble with an optimum ground thermal temperature and excellent exposure. Extensive experimentation with various clones of Chardonnay preceded selection of the most appropriate vine for the site. The 1986 vintage Vigneto Le Bruniche was the first to show the results of this meticulous research.

The fruit is gently hand-harvested in mid to late September, achieving exceptional ripeness, with a sugar content usually approaching 23 Brix. The grapes are de-stemmed and gently expressed in Bucher presses, and the must chilled in stainless steel tanks at 8 C (46 F) for 12 to 24 hours to yield a perfectly clean, brilliant must with maximum preservation of fruit freshness. At the end of this period, the must is racked into clean stainless steel tanks. Fermentation is set off with selected yeasts and is completed over a period of 30 days at a temperature of 15 to 18 C (59 to 65 F). There is no malolactic fermentation, and depending on the vintage, a small percentage of the wine spends approximately four months in barrique to enhance the aromatic complexity and texture of the blend. The finished wine is lightly filtered and racked into oak uprights of 4,000 to 6,000 litres' capacity where it is kept for at least two months at a temperature of 15 C (59 F) until bottling to order.

Food pairing
This wine pairs well with fish, shellfish and chicken.

On land that has supported winegrapes for seven centuries, Tenuta di Nozzole produces wines that respect both tradition and innovation: Chianti Classicos ranging from traditional to fruit-forward, and an IGT Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Located north of the village of Greve at Passo dei Pecorai, the Nozzole estate is located in an impressively rugged mountainous area of melancholy beauty and covers roughly 1,000 acres, of which approximately a third are planted in vines and olive groves. The Folonari family purchased the estate in 1971 from Letizia Rimediotti-Mattioli and her husband, who had been producing wine for the Folonaris on the land for several years.

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