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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2005
- Harvest: Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico is produced with grapes meticulously selected by hand during harvest. The picking started at the end of September. The vintage 2005 shows balance and elegance, with fruity and spicy notes. - Yield of grapes per hectare: 6 tons. - Fermentation: The alcohol fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in thermo-controlled stainless-steel vats at an average temperature of 28 for 10 days, and was followed by a post-fermentative maceration on the skins for another 8 days. - Aging: After completing the malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was aged for about 36 months, first in vats for about 3 months, then in 35/75 hl. oak casks for about 24 months and, lastly - after completing before being bottled a period of about 3 months in vats - a minimum of further 6 months in the bottle.
External Reviews for Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro
This shows a raisiny tar character with hints of brown sugar. Full-bodied and very rich, with velvety tannins. This will improve with age. Drink now.
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.
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 10-12 years.
Ruffino'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 2008-2015.
Mature and cedar in style but enjoyable. Pretty strawberry and cedar aromas follow through to a light- to medium-bodied palate, with light tannins and a crisp finish. At its peak. Drink now.
The excellent, dark ruby/garnet colored 1995 Ducale Gold Label Chianti Classico Riserva is still tannic, but it offers scents of animal fur, black cherries, tar, leather, and earth. Firm, structures, and muscular, but lacking charm and sweetness, it will last for 15-20 years, although I suspect the tannin will always dominate the wine's personality.
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 wine's density, persistence and complexity make it one of the better versions in recent memory. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.
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Color : ruby red with garnet Aroma : A bouquet typical of the Chianti Classico, with hints of violets, cherries, plums and a spicy sensation. Elegant, graceful and inviting displays all the characteristics of a great Chianti Classico. Palate : With great body, fruity, where the notes of cherries and small berries follow each nuance of Mediterranean herbs like rosemary and thyme. The alcohol component is well integrated into the structure, as well as tannins. The aftertaste is long and refers to violets, nutmeg, plums and sweet tobacco.
Notes: After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for about 36 months, first in the tank for 3 months, then in oak barrels of 35/75 h for about 24 months and, finally, after 3 months in tanks, a further minimum period of 6 months in bottle.
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