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Ruffino Modus 2009

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In this special wine the Sangiovese from the Chianti hills encounters two international grape varieties which have found a new home in Tuscany, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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 Modus

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

Alluring aromas of currants and fresh herbs with hints of rose petals. Full body, with juicy tannins and a tangy, fruity and refreshing finish. Tar and spice undertones. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Drink or hold.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This rich, full redandrsquo;s suave texture sets the stage for cherry, leather and underbrush flavors. The tannins match its rugged character, leaving a dusty, mouthcoating impression. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2023.


External Review
11/28/2012

For over 10 years Super Tuscan from Ruffino Modus, has scored 90+ points. A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot from the vineyards of the Poggio Casciano Estate and from other selected vineyards of the Ruffino estates in Tuscany. Only the best grapes, selected during harvest, are used in the production of Modus. Fermentation took place over a period of about 4 weeks including an extended post-fermentation skin maceration. The wine was then aged in Troncais and Allier French oak barrels for 12 months. The 2007 scored 96 points and was near the top of the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. This 2009 scored 95 points from James Suckling who said "Alluring aromas of currants and fresh herbs with hints of rose petals. Full body, with juicy tannins and a tangy, fruity, and refreshing finish. Tar and spice undertones. Drink or hold."


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2009 Modus is 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Dark plums, smoke, licorice, oak and new leather are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass in this attractive, fleshy red. The 2009 impresses for its juiciness and fine overall sense of balance. Ruffinoandrsquo;s Modus is sweet, ripe and inviting through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013andndash;2018.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/30/2012

Dark purple-ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim. Syrupy aromas of black plum and licorice are lifted by hints of violet and sweet spices. Fat, ripe and rich, with a violet nuance complicating the black plum and dark chocolate flavors. A soft, fleshy wine with a richness that makes it easy to drink today for those who prefer size over finesse. Finishes with substantial broad tannins.



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In this special wine the Sangiovese from the Chianti hills encounters two international grape varieties which have found a new home in Tuscany, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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