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Ruffino Modus Toscana 2013

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93 points James Suckling: Firm and silky red with blueberry, walnut and black tea undertones. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend. Drink in 2018. (7/19/16)

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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

Editorial Reviews for Ruffino Modus Toscana

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,178
0.00 5
04/07/2017

Rich and full aromas of dark chocolate, baking spice and vanilla bean with ripe blackberry and black cherry notes that are clear and inviting. A bounce of fruit on the palate, mostly black cherry and concentrated black currant, this fills in nicely towards the mid palate, building structurally towards a tannic crescendo before a wave of acidity washes through bringing more chocolate and blueberry on the finish.


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Snooth User: TheKozars
890635594
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/21/2011

Very nice smooth chianti, a pleasure to drink


Snooth User: rmcunningham
336868552
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/10/2010

3 stars, twice


Snooth User: troyconquer
156663459
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
576323219
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
878999112
0.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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
Vintage: 2007 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
45330163
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/04/2011

Very great wine, able to drink now or hold onto for some time. Nice after dinner, great wine to just enjoy.


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External Reviews for Ruffino Modus Toscana

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 09/04/2019

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 08/23/2019

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 9 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 08/16/2019

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 10 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 05/06/2019

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 11 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 12/19/2018

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 07/17/2018

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 10 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 10/19/2018

TASTING NOTES: Color: Ruby red with violet hues Aroma: Intense and intriguing on the nose. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, and blackberries typical of Sangiovese fade into hints of sweet tobacco, mint, and spices imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasting profile: Full bodied with a modern style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. Pairing: Modus can be enjoyed on its own, or with a broad range of bold dishes such as steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, and ossobuco. GRAPE VARIETIES: 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot VINEYARDS: Place of production: Sourced predominantly from the vineyards of Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame Estates Soil: Hilly land with poor, clay and limestone soils, rich in fossil matter Mesoclimate: Variable, with wide day-to-night temperature swings, which bring out rich flavors in the grapes Altitude: 951–1,150 feet (290–350 meters) above sea level Growing system: Cordon trained Vine density: 2,020 vines per acre (5,000 vines per hectare) Age of vineyards: Most of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes used in Modus come from recently planted vineyards with a modern growing system VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation: Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. Aging: After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) French and American oak casks—a blend of old and new—and then aged in the bottle for at least six months before release. Alcohol content: 13.5% vol. ** Only 6 in Stock **


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93 points James Suckling: Firm and silky red with blueberry, walnut and black tea undertones. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend. Drink in 2018. (7/19/16)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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