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Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG 2003

Member Review by Mark Angelillo:

Oaky scent and mellow oaky taste. medium finish of molasses. 

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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 Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG

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4.00 5
08/08/2007

Oaky scent and mellow oaky taste. medium finish of molasses. 


Snooth User: Philip James
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2.00 5
08/08/2007

Slightly hot, rustic nose. Color shows some age. Smoother in the mouth. Slightly tart finish.


Snooth User: andrewlevitt257
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4.50 5
03/28/2009

Blew my fucking mind. Hay/tobacco/leather on cherry/plum/raisin with a really nice nose, just the right acid, just the right body, which is to say pretty strong.


Snooth User: Stephen
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3.00 5
08/09/2007

Three glasses


Snooth User: smiles813
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2002 04/12/2012

$26.99


Snooth User: Tiboutoo
27716134
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 06/01/2007

delicious and not too expensive.


Snooth User: rusieb
4180442
4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 01/24/2008

Excellent chianti!


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Tasting Notes:

Color: Ruby red Aroma: The bouquet is elegant, fragrant, and inviting. The ample fruity notes, typical for Sangiovese intertwine with a gentle spicy touch deriving from the Merlot. The aging in oak ads complexity and length to the aroma with delicious hints of walnuts, tobacco and cassis. Tasting profile: The taste is refreshingly fruity and harmonious, making IL DUCALE the perfect wine for accompanying tasty Italian dishes. Medium-bodied, with mellow tannins and a nice balance between fruit and acidity, the taste of IL DUCALE is long-lingering and characterized by hints of blue berries, raspberries, and cocoa.

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