Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan 2007

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92 points James Suckling: A wine with lots of dried fruits and raisins that turn to cedar and spices. Full and velvety. Juicy finish. (12/19/11)

Region: Italy » Tuscany » Chianti

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Winery: Ruffino SpA
Color: Red
Varietal: Sangiovese
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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

Member Reviews for Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan

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Snooth User: Slipstream
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3.50 5
11/19/2011

I know this is a very popular wine. I see it at every wine store, and I read about it in one of Snooth's newsletters. The aroma is ripe, fruity, and tangy. The flavor is full and complex, with a tangy, jammy taste over a slightly bitter tannic undertone. There is a bit of sea salt, and a touch of spice. This has a nostril-clearing quality, but is still pretty smooth. It is good, but I am taking it down a click because (at $24) I think it is a little overpriced.


Snooth User: sammy2co
1274757398
4.00 5
02/15/2014

Wonderful chianti. Everything I expected at a reasonable price.


Snooth User: rsimone
90082130
3.00 5
10/08/2008

You cant argue with most everything that Ruffino makes.


Snooth User: alexalm
81804976
5.00 5
06/13/2011

A nice, rich Chianti. Good with beef.


Snooth User: mannycorks
41207199
3.00 5
01/21/2014

Three glasses


External Reviews for Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan

External Review
10/24/2011

For more than 125 years Ruffino's production philosophy has reflected three fundamental concepts: knowledge of the territory, respect for the grand Tuscan winemaking traditions and passion for Sangiovese. The creation of Il Ducale is a new expression of Tuscan Sangiovese, this wonderful grape variety which never ceases to surprise wine makers worldwide with its versatility and its capacity to adapt to different climates and soils. Il Ducale is an elegant red wine with a distinctive Tuscan character - a wine to match the taste and dynamic life style of the modern wine lover. Wine Spectator scored it 90 points saying "A little lean, but there's plenty of ripe fruit, exhibiting berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011."


External Review
11/01/2011

This is elegant, with a core of cherry and a supporting cast of licorice, leather and black tea notes. Starts out supple, ending with a chewy texture. Drink now through 2016. 75,000 cases imported. -BS


External Review
02/06/2010

Never a barn-burner, yet predictably good, the rustic and very real Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan stays steady on the palate with black fruit and sweet earth.


External Review
09/13/2011

This Chianti Classico Risera has acquired generous nobility and distinguished finesse from the origin of the grapes and the careful aging in the cellar for 24 months. Ruffino, founded in 1877, has a long, glorified tradition in the cultivation of prestigious vineyards in the Chianti Classico area.



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92 points James Suckling: A wine with lots of dried fruits and raisins that turn to cedar and spices. Full and velvety. Juicy finish. (12/19/11)

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