The grapes were harvested in October. Alcoholic fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, continued for 12 days at an average temperature of 26/28°C in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats. Once malo-lactic fermentation is complete, the wine rests in stainless-steel vats until bottling.
Favorite - especially good with lasagna and beef.
This starts out like a blockbuster. Dark Ruby Red, a nose layered with dark cherries, blackberries, mulling spices, cedar and vanilla. But then you taste it... Unfortunately the palate is a layer of vanilla and oak. You can dig and find blackberry fruit fighting it's way to the front but losing badly. The finish is a bit dank with an oaky aftertaste. Short on the palate and a long woody aftertaste that's not complimentary to the wine. Too bad. I'd give the nose a 92 but the wine... 85
Almonds on the nose, this wine has a very madirized scent - this worried me, but it worked out well enough. Its very toasty and madirized throughout, but comes across well. Good solid acid, provide balance and its a robust dessert wine
Ruby red indeed. Interesting nose of herbs and almost a shiraz-like chocolate/leather tone. Some pepper. Layered and very full bodied, wild herbs, toasted oak, tobacco and sweet cherry. A nice blend of spicy and smooth. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 1/16/10
Horse barn and rose garden, quite dry, quick finnish. I've never poured a bottle of wine out. This was the first. I liked the screw cap, that's why it gets a half-glass rating. This wine was recommended to me at the Carpinteria Wine Co., and I hauled it all the way back to Alaska.
a very pleasant, vibrant offering from ruffino, i was delightully surprised that this montepulciano holds up well to very spicy foods, not losing its flavor profile of plum, blackberry and a medium tannin. a great varietal if you're just starting to delve off the common path with red wines.
External Reviews for Ruffino
Colour: Ruby red with garnet hues Aroma: A very classic Chianti Classico bouquet with notes of violets, cherries, plums and inviting spicy sensations. It is elegant and lush, inviting yet subtle, featuring all the distinctive characters of a great Chianti Classico. Tasting profile: Full bodied, with a generous, fruity core, where the notes of cherries and small berry fruits intertwine with sensations of Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary and thyme, and hints of oak. The alcohol is well-integrated in the structure and the tannins are impressive, yet round and soft. The aftertaste is very long and reminiscent of violets, nutmeg, plums and sweet tobacco.
Fonte Al Sole Ruffino Tuscany 100% Sangiovese gives this wine structure and grace.FOOD MATCH: Sweet Sangiovese fruit and crisp acidity make it a winning companion with a red osso buco.
100% Sangiovese gives this wine structure and grace.FOOD MATCH: Sweet Sangiovese fruit and crisp acidity make it a winning companion with a red osso buco.
I prefer the 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro with the gold label, however, very elegant in its aromas and flavors of cranberries and raspberries, tobacco, and violets, vigorous and sustained on the mid-palate and finish and with tasty, textured tannins on the close. It should continue to drink well for another dozen years.
Something off on the nose and less fruit and finesse than expected from the Riserva gold, especially for the best year between rsquo;90 and rsquo;95. These wines do mature, so it may be in a very closed phase now. Its lack of balance, however, makes it suspect.
Therersquo;s a distinctive mineral aspect that sets this wine apart. Those aromas recall white stone or slate and enhance the winersquo;s elegance and food pairing potential. The mouth is bright and ripe with red cherry and fresh berry notes on the close. It would pair well with braised meat.
The gold standard of Chianti Classico Riservas, Riserva Ducale Gold exhibits an intense, rich bouquet, with elegant and harmonious layers of complex fruit flavors.
Food Pairings for Ruffino
Color: Ruby red Aroma: The bouquet is fruity and inviting, with notes of plums, cherries, black berries, and mulberries. The Merlot adds pleasant spicy hints which intertwine with scents of undergrowth and Mediterranean herbs, characteristic of Sangiovese. 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.
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