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Villa Russiz Chardonnay Collio Grafin de la Tour 2006

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Founded in the nineteenth century by the childless Elvine Ritter de Zahony the estate houses both an educational institution and a world-class winery. The profits from the latter go to support the former. Rarely can buying and drinking fine wine have done quite so much good in the world. Yet Villa Russiz is not as one blogger put it a "charity album", worth buying for the story but not the content. Instead, it is one of the northern Italy's greatest wineries. It has won more coveted Tri Biccheri awards from the Gambero Rosso than any other Friuilian winery. Classic Italian grapes like Pinot Grigio and Tocai Fruliano thrive here but there are also fantastic Alpine versions of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot that shine with a rarely found intensity of fruit and crisply pressed structure. This Chardonnay shows yellow with faint golden tinges and greenish highlights. It boasts an intense nose of well-integrated ripe apple, vanilla and citrus, while it is complex and confident on the palate, with excellent balance. A perfect partner to rich first courses, both fish and meat, and white meat main courses.

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Founded in the nineteenth century by the childless Elvine Ritter de Zahony the estate houses both an educational institution and a world-class winery. The profits from the latter go to support the former. Rarely can buying and drinking fine wine have done quite so much good in the world. Yet Villa Russiz is not as one blogger put it a "charity album", worth buying for the story but not the content. Instead, it is one of the northern Italy's greatest wineries. It has won more coveted Tri Biccheri awards from the Gambero Rosso than any other Friuilian winery. Classic Italian grapes like Pinot Grigio and Tocai Fruliano thrive here but there are also fantastic Alpine versions of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot that shine with a rarely found intensity of fruit and crisply pressed structure. This Chardonnay shows yellow with faint golden tinges and greenish highlights. It boasts an intense nose of well-integrated ripe apple, vanilla and citrus, while it is complex and confident on the palate, with excellent balance. A perfect partner to rich first courses, both fish and meat, and white meat main courses.

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