Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2001
- Harvest: Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico is produced with grapes meticulously selected during harvest. The picking started in the third week of September and lasted one month. The vintage 2001 is characterized by an exceptional structure with massive tannins and intense fruity notes. - Yield of grapes per hectare: 6 tons. - Fermentation: The alcohol fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in stainless-steel vats at a controlled temperature of 28/30°C for 2 weeks, and was followed by a post-fermentative maceration on the skins for another 15 days. - Aging: After completing the malo-lactic fermentation the wine was first aged for 5 months in second passage French 225 l. oak casks, then for an additional 28 months in 40/80 hl. oak casks. After bottling the wine has been further refined for 4 months minimum.
Having purchased this from a reputable dealer and having cellared it myself for the last four years, I found this wine to be overly advanced for its age. The color was very deceptive in its dark purple hue. On the nose, I found dried red cherry, potpourri, dried meats and savory sauté mushroom. On the palate, I found beef broth and minerals with wild red berries that started sour but turned sweet with time in the glass. The finish is long and soft with red fruit and a hint of mint.
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Food Pairings for Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro
- Color: Ruby red with garnet hues - Aroma: The bouquet is intense and ample, first and foremost with characteristic fruity Sangiovese notes, but also with elegant spicy sensations and refined balsamic scents. - Tasting profile: Riserva Ducale Oro 2001 is a truly impressive wine with a massive structure and an elegant fruity core. The taste is well balanced and the sweet tannins lead towards an aromatic persistence with notes of plain chocolate.