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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2008

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Riserva Ducale Oro undergoes a long ageing period in botti, the traditional Tuscan ageing casks. It is an extraordinarily complex Chianti Classico Riserva featuring a solid structure and elegant perfumes - a truly golden wine.

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  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

External Reviews for Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/06/2014

Riserva Ducale Oro 2008 is ruby red in color with garnet hues. The wine shows the distinctive Tuscan bouquet of a great Chianti Classico Riserva with notes of violet, cherry and plum, and aromas of chocolate and spice. On the palate, the wine has well-defined structure and a generous, fruity core accented by hints of chocolate, cinnamon and spicy hints of black pepper. Full-bodied and well-balanced, Riserva Ducale Oro's round tannins support a bright acidity and lead into a lengthy finish of plum, clove and sweet tobacco. - WineryGRAPE VARIETIES:80% SangioveseRemaining 20% a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.Fermentation:Alcoholic fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled average temperature of 82°F for 10 days, followed by maceration on the skins for another 15 days.Aging:After undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for approximately 36 months. The wine first spent six months in stainless...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Riserva Ducale Oro 2008 is ruby red in color with garnet hues. The wine shows the distinctive Tuscan bouquet of a great Chianti Classico Riserva with notes of violet, cherry and plum, and aromas of chocolate and spice. On the palate, the wine has well-defined structure and a generous, fruity core accented by hints of chocolate, cinnamon and spicy hints of black pepper. Full-bodied and well-balanced, Riserva Ducale Oro's round tannins support a bright acidity and lead into a lengthy finish of plum, clove and sweet tobacco. - WineryGRAPE VARIETIES:80% SangioveseRemaining 20% a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.Fermentation:Alcoholic fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled average temperature of 82°F for 10 days, followed by maceration on the skins for another 15 days.Aging:After undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for approximately 36 months. The wine first spent six months in stainless steel vats followed by 24 months in 925-1,981 gallon oak casks; six months in vats prior to bottling; followed by a minimum of six months in the bottle.ABV: 14.5%


External Review
Source: Skyview Wine and Liquors
02/16/2015

Tasting profile: Fruity, soothing, and well-balanced, the taste reveals velvety tannins and a enjoyable spicy sensation. The ageing in oak enriches the fruity core with hints of cacao and cloves. The long-lingering aftertaste adds intriguing notes of rosemary and figs.


External Review
11/25/2013

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
Source: We Speak Wine
06/24/2015

Riserva Ducale Oro 2008 is ruby red in color with garnet hues. The wine shows the distinctive Tuscan bouquet of a great Chianti Classico Riserva with notes of violet, cherry and plum, and aromas of chocolate and spice. On the palate, the wine has well-defined structure and a generous, fruity core accented by hints of chocolate, cinnamon and spicy hints of black pepper. Full-bodied and well-balanced, Riserva Ducale Oro's round tannins support a bright acidity and lead into a lengthy finish of plum, clove and sweet tobacco. - Winery GRAPE VARIETIES: 80% Sangiovese Remaining 20% a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled average temperature of 82°F for 10 days, followed by maceration on the skins for another 15 days. Aging: After undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for approximately 36 months. The wine first spent six months in stainless steel vats followed by 24 months in 925-1,981 gallon oak casks; six months in vats prior to bottling; followed by a minimum of six months in the bottle. ABV: 14.5%



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Riserva Ducale Oro undergoes a long ageing period in botti, the traditional Tuscan ageing casks. It is an extraordinarily complex Chianti Classico Riserva featuring a solid structure and elegant perfumes - a truly golden wine.

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