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Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with garnet hues. The bouquet is typical for Chianti Classico wines with inviting floral and fruity notes intertwining with the spicy touch deriving from the long ageing period in oak barrels. Notes of plums and cherries are followed by hints of sweet tobacco and cocoa, creating an elegant and long-lasting bouquet. The taste is very well-balanced and features all the virtues of oak aged Sangiovese. The tannins are sweet and velvety, the acidity is inviting and fragrant and the fruity notes lead towards a long, delicious aftertaste of berry fruits and cassis. Elegant and medium-bodied, the palate is characterised by sweet notes of mature fruit which blend beautifully with the soft tannins and the acidity. The after-taste is typical for Sangiovese with hints of hazelnuts and leather.

3.1800819672131 5 0.5
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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 Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,178
0.00 5
12/09/2016

Soft red fruits and mineral earth notes on the nose with a touch of violet petal and cranberry. Well developed, sun drenched raspberry and strawberry fruit with plenty of dusty earth, chewy tannins and good balance, finishing clean and light with good length and a touch of spice.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/05/2009

Soft on the nose with gentle notes of leather and earth, a touch of woodsy spice, a touch of violet a little smoke and some dark cherry tones. Big fruit up front backed by solid, integrated acidity with very polished tannins give this a round, pleasant mouthfeel, yet without not much complexity or depth, A bit diffuse on the mid-palate with nice flavors of raspberry/black raspberry, a touch of earth, mint and leather, but this has the feel of not trying hard enough but it’s still hard to fault it too much. 87pts

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Snooth User: EMark
8478048,426
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/10/2015

Dark translucent purple in the glass. Spicy, woody nose. Smooth, but assertive entry to the palate. Not a lot of fruit, this is a real wine, not a cherry syrup flavored drink. Hint of, get this, cinnamon. Fairly light acids, No tannin bite at all on the back of the palate.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593865,294
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/09/2014

The Ducal (so-called tan label) is usually a reliable Tuscan wine, and the 2010 is pretty much in line with this sentiment; the cherry flan and leather on the nose and more cherry sheen on the palate with soft tannin makes for a longish finish. Good value. 88 points.


0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/22/2008

Dark attractive purple colour with a nice nose, cherries, spice, meaty, the wine smelt "hot". The palate was soft, but soft like it had been sat out for 3 days (it hadn't!), nice tannins, smooth and pleasant, a hot little ending and a little vegetal too and no real hold on the finish. Started well, but lost its way on the palate.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,467
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/16/2011

One of the most classic Sangioveses to date. Very elegant and delicate wild berry taste with a pinch of light spice. Subtle at first but any amazing pair with any meaty Italian red sauce. Must try.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549196,451
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/08/2009

Potpourri, dark red fruit and leather on the nose. Raspberry fruit on the palette and a bit of copper penny. Tobacco on the finish.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549196,451
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/04/2009

Potpourri, dark red fruit and leather on the nose. Raspberry fruit on the palette and a bit of copper penny. Tobacco on the finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/09/2008

A bit of a hot nose, with cherries and leather. Good acidity, like most Italian wines, paired well with salami, cheese and salad. Well balanced, decent fruits - red berries and plums. Some subtle earthiness, but its a fairly fruit forward and simple wine.


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External Reviews for Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico

External Review
Vintage: 2006 10/24/2011

Blueberry and mineral aromas, with hints of new wood. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a rich core of raspberry fruit and lemony acidity. Best after 2009. 95,000 cases made. -JS


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/27/2011

Light in color and texture, this high toned Chianti offers mature chestnut and coffee scents. Decant a bottle for fuzi with veal.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2010

Full bodied, with a generous, fruity core, where the notes of cherries and small berry fruits intertwine with sensations of Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary and thyme, and hints of oak. The alcohol is well-integrated in the structure and the tannins are impressive, yet round and soft. The aftertaste is very long and reminiscent of violets, nutmeg, plums and sweet tobacco.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2011

Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2006 - Ruffino: Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2006 - Rotwein von RuffinoDer Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2006 von Ruffino ist ein Synonym für feinsten Chianti. Der Kernzone des Classico entspringend, wird der Wein aus einer sorgfältigen Auslese der besten Trauben hergestellt. Diese Trauben wachsen in Ruffinos Weingärten Santedame, Montemasso und Gretole heran.Dieser Wein zeigt ein intensives Rubinrot im Glas. Der 2006er Riserva Ducale besitzt ein besonders intensiv duftendes Bukett mit Aromen süßer Kirschen und von roten Beeren. Sie treffen auf feinwürzige Noten von Zigarrenkästchen und weiße Pfefferkörner sowie den eleganten Duft roter Rosen, untermalt von Flintstein. Der Wein wirkt sehr ausgeglichen im Geschmack, fruchtig, harmonisch mit samtartigen Tanninen und einer angenehmen Würze. Spuren von Kakao und Nelken gesellen sich dank der exzellenten Eichenholzreife zu den dominanten Fruchtaromen. Im Abgang erscheinen Noten von Feigen und Rosmarin. Sanft klingen diese in einem schön lang anhaltendem Finale aus.In Edelstahltanks, deren Temperatur ständig zwischen 26 und 28 ° C gehalten wird, erfolgt die zehntägige alkoholische Gärung. Der Saft der Trauben lagert weitere zwei Wochen auf den Häuten. Nach der malolaktischen Gärung lagert die Riserva für 24 Monate im Fass, ein Teil in 40/80 hl. Eichenfässern, der andere in rostfreien Stahl- und Zementfässern. Zuletzt reift dieser Wein drei Monate auf Flaschen aus.    Weingut: RuffinoLand: ItalienRegion: ToskanaRebsorten: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon und MerlotInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 13,0 Vol.%Fassreife: in Barriques gereift (24 Monate) Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C Rotwein > Italien > Toskana


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/25/2009

"Ruby red in color, with garnet hues. Riserva Ducale is characterized by particularly fragrant, sweet cherry and red berry fruit notes, typical of...


External Review
Vintage: 2006 10/15/2009

Never a barn-burner, yet predictably good, the rustic and very real Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan stays steady on the palate with black fruit and sweet earth.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/27/2012

Full-bodied, very powerful in the fruity tastes, with tannins that are elegant and well linked to a good acidity. The final is characterized by pleasant sensations of sweet tobacco. The aftertaste is particularly long and shows powerful notes of plums and


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<p>This vintage of Chianti is full-flavored with berry fruits and cocoa and it goes down the pipes with an undeniable smoothness. This goes quite nicely with fowl and rich meat dishes.&nbsp;</p>

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Alcohol: 13%

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