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Ruffino Il Ducale 2006

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Sangiovese 60%, Merlot 20%, Syrah 20%. Not reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 'Smart Buys' and 90 points by Wine Spectator: A little lean, but there's plenty of ripe fruit, exhibiting berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011.

Region: Italy » Tuscany

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Winery: Ruffino SpA
Color: Red
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Ruffino SpA:
  Ruffino, produced in Tuscany, is one of the most recognizable brands of Italian wine. The first vintage of the famous Chianti was produced in 1877 by cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino. Within a few years, their wines were gaining recognition for their quality and winning awards and medals at international competitions. By the 1890s, the wine was exported internationally. In 1913... Read more
  Ruffino, produced in Tuscany, is one of the most recognizable brands of Italian wine. The first vintage of the famous Chianti was produced in 1877 by cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino. Within a few years, their wines were gaining recognition for their quality and winning awards and medals at international competitions. By the 1890s, the wine was exported internationally. In 1913, with the absence of any heirs to pass down the Ruffino estate, the retiring Ruffino cousins sold the company to the Folonari family, who elevated the brand to huge commercial success. In 1916, the Duke of Aosta named Ruffino as the official wine of the Italian royal court. The Riserva Ducale is created in 1927 to honor this event.    Fun fact: Ruffino Chianti was reputedly among the wines sold by pharmacists during the Prohibition, said to calm nerves. Just after the Prohibition, in the early 1930s, the Ruffino Orivieto Classico was first released. Into the 1940s, World War II was a mixed blessing for Ruffino. The original Pontassieve Cellars were destroyed in a bomb attack, but this prompted the Folonaris to reconstruct with more up-to-date technology, as well as build and establish new estates and expand their enterprise. In 1947, the first bottlings of the acclaimed Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva were produced. In the mid-1970s, Ruffino decided to abandon the iconic fiasco, the straw-bottomed bottle, and introduced the more upscale “Florentine” bottle for packaging. The next couple of decades saw several new additions to the portfolio and more worldwide success, overseen by a new generation of the Folonari family, Marco and Paolo. The ubiquitous wine brand is still enjoyed as one of the classic examples of Tuscan wines.  Read less

Member Reviews for Ruffino Il Ducale

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Snooth User: judgelog
34584868
4.00 5
03/24/2011

Beautiful nose, with plummy and cherry aromas. Silky tannins. Lots of layers of flavors going on here with chocolate and tobacco over the fruit. Delicious!


Snooth User: JohnnyRocketts
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3.00 5
08/23/2009

Earthy smell, smooth, cherries & cola


Snooth User: Provecho
50483448
3.00 5
06/23/2010

A quaffable mini Super Tuscan, ruby red, cherry & mulberry notes with a hint of spice. Pleasant finish with a taste of chocolate.


Snooth User: rbodle
49881515
4.50 5
07/16/2011

From Kerry 7/4/11 - 2007, a meritage, excellent


Snooth User: bahethorie53
36031013
3.00 5
01/22/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Ruffino Il Ducale

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
11/12/2009

Never a barn-burner, yet predictably good, the rustic and very real Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan stays steady on the palate with black fruit and sweet earth.


External Review
05/19/2011

Dusty and a bit leathery on the nose, but there's fruit enough on the palate, fleshing out with black cherry and plum flavors and picking up touches of tobacco on the finish. At 80% Sangiovese and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it's a harmonious blend designed to introduce new drinkers to Tuscan wines.


External Review
09/27/2011

The bright flavors of cherry and raspberry feel tangy and light. Serve with a wedge of aged pecorino.


External Review
05/19/2011

A little lean, but with plenty of ripe fruit, exhibiting berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011.



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Tasting Notes:

Color: Ruby red Aroma: The bouquet is fruity and inviting, with notes of plums, cherries, black berries, and mulberries. The Syrah adds pleasant spicy hints which intertwine with scents of undergrowth and Mediterranean herbs, characteristic of Sangiovese and with the softness and roundness of the Merlot. Tasting profile: The taste is well-balanced, with a rich, fruity core and sweet, yet fragrant tannins. Elegant notes of nutmeg and cigar box meet with layers of wild cherries and blue plums, leading towards a refreshing and long-lasting aftertaste, where hints of fresh mint leaves and plain chocolate appear.

Sangiovese 60%, Merlot 20%, Syrah 20%. Not reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 'Smart Buys' and 90 points by Wine Spectator: A little lean, but there's plenty of ripe fruit, exhibiting berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011.

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