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Ruffino Toscana Modus 2005

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Wine Tasting Notes Ruby red in color, with garnet hues. The nose shows characteristics of the three varieties that make up the blend in Modus. Delicate floral notes intertwine with aromas of red berries, cherry jam, ratatouille, blackberry, and red licorice, with a touch of mint. This complex and inviting bouquet then reveals spicy hints of white pepper, toasted wood, vanilla, and cinnamon. On the palate, Modus is well structured. The Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon meld seamlessly, complementing the characteristics of each variety. The texture is rich, with refined, velvety tannins and a long finish showing notes of bilberry, chocolate, and sweet tobacco.

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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 Toscana Modus

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Snooth User: deconut
100466939
3.50 5
07/29/2009

Very interesting Super Tuscan - light yet very Italian - love the nose - the middle palette is wonderful - the finish I like a lot - this is a good wine - I have paid $45 in Restaurants and $29 in wine shoppes but recently found it for $19!! Great value for certain at that price!! I have had a couple of bottles since January and the longer they sit the better they are - must decant - I suggest 12 hours - decant in the AM and drink upon arriving home - I think it needs a bit of cooling as well - we like our red wines 60-65 degrees. I like this wine - good everyday wine and also great for serving to company who don't know alot about wine - I think anyone would appreciate this flavor!


Snooth User: wordsandwine
3593156
4.00 5
02/04/2010

Light Italian, went well with food and stood up well alone. Shared bottle with friends at Strathallan Hotel, paid $50, but could probably find for much less at wine store.


Snooth User: sschmella
35379155
3.50 5
02/01/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Ruffino Toscana Modus

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesRuby red in color, with garnet hues. The nose shows characteristics of the three varieties that make up the blend in Modus. Delicate floral notes intertwine with aromas of red berries, cherry jam, ratatouille, blackberry, and red licorice, with a touch of mint. This complex and inviting bouquet then reveals spicy hints of white pepper, toasted wood, vanilla, and cinnamon. On the palate, Modus is well structured. The Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon meld seamlessly, complementing the characteristics of each variety. The texture is rich, with refined, velvety tannins and a long finish showing notes of bilberry, chocolate, and sweet tobacco.



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.

Wine Tasting Notes Ruby red in color, with garnet hues. The nose shows characteristics of the three varieties that make up the blend in Modus. Delicate floral notes intertwine with aromas of red berries, cherry jam, ratatouille, blackberry, and red licorice, with a touch of mint. This complex and inviting bouquet then reveals spicy hints of white pepper, toasted wood, vanilla, and cinnamon. On the palate, Modus is well structured. The Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon meld seamlessly, complementing the characteristics of each variety. The texture is rich, with refined, velvety tannins and a long finish showing notes of bilberry, chocolate, and sweet tobacco.

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