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Ruffino Modus Toscana 2006

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91 Points - Wine Spectator Blackberry violet and licorice aromas follow through to a full body with silky tannins. This has sweet fruit with toasty oak and citrus fruit on the finish. 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

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Snooth User: mtriu
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3.00 5
12/29/2010

Decent. Not blown away. Very dry almost musky taste.


External Reviews for Ruffino Modus Toscana

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ruffinorsquo;s Modus (a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot) boasts thick extraction in the form of chocolate fudge and cherry candy. Lighter tones of apple skin and green herbs pick up the rear. Itrsquo;s on the ripe side with prune-like flavors; drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2004 Modus (50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot) presents a layered texture along with suggestions of smoke, licorice and dark cherries supported by an underlying note of minerality. It offers excellent balance if not much complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2008ndash;2019.


External Review
Source: Grand Wine Cellar
10/20/2010

Full-bodied, soft and round, with a long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This sleek blend of sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot feels ripe and cool, its soft grapey tannins providing a mellow structure. Match its chocolaty richness with a seared steak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A black sangiovese-based blend (mixed with 25 percent cabernet sauvignon and 25 percent merlot), this is as tough as a young brunello. The tannins are as black as coal, with enough red fruit underneath to carry the wine as it ages. An impressive 2003 for the cellar.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/20/2010

Fresh aromas of raspberry and flowers follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


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Tasting Notes:

Color: Ruby red with garnet hues. Aroma: Very complex and inviting with intense mature fruit (cherries, small red and black berries, plums) accompanied by hints of spices, sweet tobacco, toasted wood, and refined ethereal notes on the finish. Tasting profile: Full-bodied and very well-balanced with a perfect union of the Sangiovese, the Merlot, and the Cabernet. Each grape adds distinct varietal traits to the taste. The impressive amount of silky tannins and the full, fruity character contribute to the rich texture and the aromatic persistence is long lingering with hints of vanilla and small red berries.

91 Points - Wine Spectator Blackberry violet and licorice aromas follow through to a full body with silky tannins. This has sweet fruit with toasty oak and citrus fruit on the finish. Sangiovese

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