Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2004

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Color: Ruby red Aroma: The bouquet is fruity and inviting, with notes of plums, cherries, black berries, and mulberr...

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Favorite - especially good with lasagna and beef. Read more

This starts out like a blockbuster. Dark Ruby Red, a nose layered with dark cherries, blackberries, mulling spices, cedar and vanilla. But then you... Read more

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 throughou... Read more

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578084,789
3.50 5
01/30/2010

Favorite - especially good with lasagna and beef.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549154,598
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
112,549
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
20275912,199
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
34374241
0.50 5
05/11/2008

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
12/31/2008

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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.


External Reviews for Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico

External Review
01/16/2009

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

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
01/03/2012

Ruffinorsquo;s most famous label is the gold-label Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale, first produced in 1947. The 2001 rendition capably maintains the tradition, combining coffee, prune and tobacco scents with flavors of ripe plums and dark earth. Tannins give a richly textured feel in the mouth, the drying finish balanced by ample fruit. Drink 2008ndash;2015.


External Review
01/03/2012

The 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro remains the bellwether wine from this historic property. It is a layered, full-bodied wine with attractive notes of tobacco, sweet red cherries, wild herbs and toasted oak. The winersquo;s density, persistence and complexity make it one of the better versions in recent memory. Anticipated maturity: 2010ndash;2022.


External Review
08/26/2008

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
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.


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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.

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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