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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2013

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Ruffino Chianti Classico ''Riserva Ducale'' 2013 is hand harvested and aged for 36 months. This Tuscan red offers expressive violets, cherry and plum character with good balance and structure and a lovely finish.

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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

External Reviews for Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/25/2017

Color: Intense ruby red Aroma: This complex wine is characterized by sweet cherry and red berry fruit notes with delicately spiced hints of tobacco, leather, cedar, white pepper and a touch of flint. Tasting profile: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva is well balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins, firm acidity, and a lingering finish of rosemary and figs. Its structure will allow it to age for two to five years, if not longer. - Winery GRAPE VARIETIES: 80% Sangiovese 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon VINEYARDS: Place of production: The vineyards used for the production of Riserva Ducale are located in the traditional Chianti Classico production region, primarily Ruffino’s Santedame and Gretole estates in the Castellina subregion Soil: The soil is typical of the Chianti Classico area, clayey with an abundant presence of “Galestro” rock Microclimate: The microclimate varies from one area to another, which bestows richness and complexity to the wine Altitude: Variable from 951–1,476 feet (290–450 meters) above sea level Growing system: Guyot and Cordon trained Vine density: 1,214–2,025 vines per acre (3,000–5,000 vines per hectare) VINIFICATION AND AGING: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva began with a careful selection of the best grapes in the traditional Chianti Classico production region during harvest, which began in September and continued through October. Fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 10 days, followed by another 10 days of maceration on the skins. The wine underwent secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance its velvety texture, then aged for 24 months in oak, stainless steel, and concrete vats. The Riserva Ducale spent an additional three months in bottle before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/22/2019

Color: Intense ruby red Aroma: This complex wine is characterized by sweet cherry and red berry fruit notes with delicately spiced hints of tobacco, leather, cedar, white pepper and a touch of flint. Tasting profile: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva is well balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins, firm acidity, and a lingering finish of rosemary and figs. Its structure will allow it to age for two to five years, if not longer. - Winery GRAPE VARIETIES: 80% Sangiovese 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon VINEYARDS: Place of production: The vineyards used for the production of Riserva Ducale are located in the traditional Chianti Classico production region, primarily Ruffino’s Santedame and Gretole estates in the Castellina subregion Soil: The soil is typical of the Chianti Classico area, clayey with an abundant presence of “Galestro” rock Microclimate: The microclimate varies from one area to another, which bestows richness and complexity to the wine Altitude: Variable from 951–1,476 feet (290–450 meters) above sea level Growing system: Guyot and Cordon trained Vine density: 1,214–2,025 vines per acre (3,000–5,000 vines per hectare) VINIFICATION AND AGING: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva began with a careful selection of the best grapes in the traditional Chianti Classico production region during harvest, which began in September and continued through October. Fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 10 days, followed by another 10 days of maceration on the skins. The wine underwent secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance its velvety texture, then aged for 24 months in oak, stainless steel, and concrete vats. The Riserva Ducale spent an additional three months in bottle before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 9 in Stock **



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Ruffino Chianti Classico ''Riserva Ducale'' 2013 is hand harvested and aged for 36 months. This Tuscan red offers expressive violets, cherry and plum character with good balance and structure and a lovely finish.

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