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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
3578086,295
3.50 5
01/30/2010

Favorite - especially good with lasagna and beef.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549180,575
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
34374250
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
08/25/2008

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
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
05/22/2011

The gold standard of Chianti Classico Riservas, Riserva Ducale Gold exhibits an intense, rich bouquet, with elegant and harmonious layers of complex fruit flavors.


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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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