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Ruffino Il Leo Chianti Superiore 2007

Member Review by Ennobled Wayfarer:

enjoyable wine when it has time to sit. I made the mistake of pouring a glass about ten minutes after I popped the cork without decanting it. Once the sharpness mellows out its great though. Light, spicy, medium body with medium finish. Tried it with italian bread which was a good pairing.

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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

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3.00 5
06/17/2009

enjoyable wine when it has time to sit. I made the mistake of pouring a glass about ten minutes after I popped the cork without decanting it. Once the sharpness mellows out its great though. Light, spicy, medium body with medium finish. Tried it with italian bread which was a good pairing.


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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/07/2010

Ruffino Il Leo Chianti Superiore DOCG 2007: Der Wein kommt vom Poggio Casciano Estate, einem Terroir wenige Kilometer außerhalb von Florenz. Dieser traditionelle Chianti ist eine Hommage an die beiden Gründer des Weinguts, Ilario und Leopoldo Ruffino.Der Il Leo Chianti präsentiert einen perfekten Mix aus Antike und Moderne. Er wird aus sortenreinem Sangiovese hergestellt. Dieser Wein ist freimütig, frisch und lebhaft im Geschmack, mit lebendiger Säure und einer feingliedrigen Tanninstruktur. Er erscheint rubinrot im Glas und verfügt über ein sehr charakteristisches und breit angelegtes Aromenspektrum. Zu Beginn dominieren Veilchen und reife Kirschen. Sie werden umspielt von Vanille und Noten aus Gewürznelken. Die Fruchtnoten gewinnen zum Abgang hin an Reife. Das krönende Finale bildet eine elegante Aromenspur, die an Pflaumenmus auf frisch geröstetem Toast erinnert. Dieser Wein gilt als perfekter Begleiter zu superscharfen Penne all´Arrabbiata, Ravioli, Kaninchenfrikassee, Carpaccio oder auch Putenbrust gefüllt mit Spinat und Schinkenspeck.Weingut: RuffinoRegion:    ToskanaRebsorte: SangioveseInhalt: 0,75 LiterAlkoholgehalt:    13 Vol.%Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C 3 Suche nach Rebsorten > Rote Rebsorten



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Color: ruby red. Aroma: characteristic and ample. The Sangiovese notes are dominated by violets and ripe cherries which are well integrated with the spicy scents of vanilla and, lightly, of cloves. On the finish the fruity sensations become riper and reveal elegantly toasted aromas of plum jam. Tasting profile: Very smooth, yet fresh and lively. The mature tannins are sustained by the harmonious fruity structure, where alcohol and acidity reach an ideal balance. The long aftertaste leaves notes of mature cherries.


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