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Ruffino Modus 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

In Modus the Sangiovese presents its solid structure and typical cherry and red berry aromas; the Merlot contributes with its characteristic smoothness, enriched by delicate notes of mint and small black berry fruits; the Cabernet Sauvignon seals the union between these 3 royal varieties with its austerity, with its sweet, herbaceous perfumes and its elegance. Complex, yet simple at the same time, modern in style, yet with a distinct Tuscan character, Modus is a child of the union of Ruffino's century-long winemaking experience and the company's desire to renew itself by experimenting with new varietal expressions and new viticultural technologies. This has always been a Ruffino trademark. Modus is an exercise in style, in experience, in the will to improve.

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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 Modus

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Snooth User: TheKozars
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4.00 5
07/21/2011

Very nice smooth chianti, a pleasure to drink


Snooth User: rmcunningham
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3.00 5
07/10/2010

3 stars, twice


Snooth User: troyconquer
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3.00 5
09/18/2009

Black cherries and berries on the nose. Heat and church pews on the nose. No tannins, light acid in the mouth. Kindof bitter up front. I like it, but usually I like something spicier. Doesn't leave a after taste. Not terribly shitty.


Snooth User: jbechert
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2.00 5
05/31/2011

Ruffino Modus Toscana 2007 has some interesting flavors on the palette which may account for the high WS rating. However, I do not think it drinks well. Overly acidic for my palette and I like acidic wines. Also lacks a good finish. Very disappointing for this price point. 85 pts

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Very disappointing

Snooth User: joe the wine oh
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0.50 5
08/17/2011

a whole lot going on all at once !!! not one of my favs I must say


Snooth User: Svennevig
61367866
4.00 5
06/30/2011

this is a upper level chianti. cherries, walnuts, licorice, vanilla and a little pepper. everything a great chianti should have. This one will not disappoint!


Snooth User: gabes1211
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4.50 5
08/04/2011

Great wine, more than worth buying by the case. You will enjoy this wine after dinner by itself, no need to pair it to food.


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External Reviews for Ruffino Modus

External Review
09/27/2011

The bright flavors of cherry and raspberry feel tangy and light. Serve with a wedge of aged pecorino.


External Review
05/19/2011

Dusty and a bit leathery on the nose, but there's fruit enough on the palate, fleshing out with black cherry and plum flavors and picking up touches of tobacco on the finish. At 80% Sangiovese and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it's a harmonious blend designed to introduce new drinkers to Tuscan wines.


External Review
01/03/2012

The estatersquo;s 2006 Modus (50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a round, supple wine with good intensity and balance in its jammy dark fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2013.


External Review
05/19/2011

A little lean, but with 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
01/03/2012

The estatersquo;s 2005 Modus is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It, too, offers masses of ripe, dark fruit with pretty Sangiovese aromatics that emerge from its full-bodied frame. This internationally-styled wine is technically well made and pleasing but ideally it could offer a more distinctive personality. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2015.


External Review
09/27/2012

Ruffinorsquo;s 2008 Modus is an attractive Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend laced with expressive red fruit and sweet spices. It shows lovely balance in a supple, accessible style well suited to near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2011ndash;2014.


External Review
01/15/2009

SENSORY PROPERTIES Colour: Ruby red Aroma: As always this Chianti features a deliciously vinous bouquet, where the floral and fruity notes lead towards a finish of slightly spicy scents of white pepper and hazelnuts. Tasting profile: Medium-bodied, Chianti Ruffino is pleasantly fruity, harmonious and persistent. A young Sangiovese which can be perfectly matched with a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes.


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Tasting Notes:

Color: Ruby red Aroma: As always this Chianti features a deliciously vinous bouquet, where the floral and fruity notes lead towards a finish of slightly spicy scents of white pepper and hazelnuts. Tasting profile: Medium-bodied, Chianti Ruffino is pleasantly fruity, harmonious and persistent. A young Sangiovese which can be perfectly matched with a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes.

In Modus the Sangiovese presents its solid structure and typical cherry and red berry aromas; the Merlot contributes with its characteristic smoothness, enriched by delicate notes of mint and small black berry fruits; the Cabernet Sauvignon seals the union between these 3 royal varieties with its austerity, with its sweet, herbaceous perfumes and its elegance. Complex, yet simple at the same time, modern in style, yet with a distinct Tuscan character, Modus is a child of the union of Ruffino's century-long winemaking experience and the company's desire to renew itself by experimenting with new varietal expressions and new viticultural technologies. This has always been a Ruffino trademark. Modus is an exercise in style, in experience, in the will to improve.

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