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Ruffino 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,643
3.50 5
01/30/2010

Favorite - especially good with lasagna and beef.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,714
2.00 5
08/20/2009

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


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
02/15/2009

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


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
01/16/2010

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


Snooth User: CalKid
34374253
0.50 5
05/10/2008

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.


Snooth User: RickMara
11128969
0.00 5
12/30/2008

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Snooth User: julesibub
1672684
4.00 5
04/20/2009

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.


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External Reviews for Ruffino

External Review
01/15/2009

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.


External Review
04/01/2008

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

I preferred the 1993 Ducale Gold Label Chianti Classico Riserva as it reveals more aromatics, as well as sweeter, riper fruit without the high level of astringent tannin. A complex nose of smoke, dried herbs, sour cherries, grilled meats, and herbs is enticing. Rich, with medium to full body, good acidity, and sweet tannin, it is close to full maturity, and should last for 10ndash;12 years.


External Review
05/22/2011

Attractive aromas of lilacs and raspberries. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a fruity, vanilla aftertaste.


External Review
01/03/2012

The estatersquo;s flagship 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro is, as expected, a much more serious wine. It offers notable intensity in its sweet dark cherries, smoke and underbrush with a masculine, somewhat wild personality. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2018.


External Review
09/27/2011

Given the brand recognition of this wine, you might expect it to taste like a California cabernet, but in fact it is one of the more classic-seeming wines in this whole bunch. Crisp, almost tart in texture, with perfumed, cherry aromas. Lots of earth and funk on the palate.


External Review
05/22/2011

Offers a good bead of crushed blackberry fruit, with hints of mineral and aok as well as dried fruits. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium, caressing finish. Nice even now. Best after 2009.


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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 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.

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.

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