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Ruffino Toscana Modus 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

In Modus the Sangiovese presents its solid structure and typical cherry and red berry aromas; the Merlot contributes with its characteristic smoothness, enriched by delicate notes of mint and small black berry fruits; the Cabernet Sauvignon seals the union between these 3 royal varieties with its austerity, with its sweet, herbaceous perfumes and its elegance. Complex, yet simple at the same time, modern in style, yet with a distinct Tuscan character, Modus is a child of the union of Ruffino's century-long winemaking experience and the company's desire to renew itself by experimenting with new varietal expressions and new viticultural technologies. This has always been a Ruffino trademark. Modus is an exercise in style, in experience, in the will to improve.

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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: TheKozars
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4.00 5
07/21/2011

Very nice smooth chianti, a pleasure to drink


Snooth User: rmcunningham
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3.00 5
07/10/2010

3 stars, twice


Snooth User: troyconquer
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3.00 5
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
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2.00 5
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
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0.50 5
08/17/2011

a whole lot going on all at once !!! not one of my favs I must say


Snooth User: Svennevig
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4.00 5
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
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4.50 5
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 Toscana Modus

External Review
01/10/2013

The 2009 Modus is 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Dark plums, smoke, licorice, oak and new leather are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass in this attractive, fleshy red. The 2009 impresses for its juiciness and fine overall sense of balance. Ruffinoandrsquo;s Modus is sweet, ripe and inviting through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013andndash;2018.


External Review
12/18/2010

Ruby red with garnet hues. The impact is austere and intriguing. The whole bouquet is very complex, initially characterized by intense notes of mature fruit such as cherries, plums and small black berries, that then fade into hints of spices, mint, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes on the finish. At the palate, it presents a full-bodied structure, that is enriched by the finesse of its silky tannins and exalted by remarkable pleasantness and freshness, a texture in which each varietal adds its own distinctive trait. The finish is incredibly persistent, with an aftertaste of black berry fruit and cocoa.


External Review
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
12/30/2012

Dark purple-ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim. Syrupy aromas of black plum and licorice are lifted by hints of violet and sweet spices. Fat, ripe and rich, with a violet nuance complicating the black plum and dark chocolate flavors. A soft, fleshy wine with a richness that makes it easy to drink today for those who prefer size over finesse. Finishes with substantial broad tannins.


External Review
05/19/2011

A little lean, but with plenty of ripe fruit, exhibiting berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011.


External Review
05/19/2011

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: 2008-2019.


External Review
05/19/2011

This is an opulent, dense and well-priced blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Tuscany with rich aromas of black fruit, spice, chocolate, leather and pipe tobacco. You could pair this pretty wine with red meat or oven-roasted pasta.


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Tasting Notes:

Color: Ruby red Aroma: As always this Chianti features a deliciously vinous bouquet, where the floral and fruity notes lead towards a finish of slightly spicy scents of white pepper and hazelnuts. Tasting profile: Medium-bodied, Chianti Ruffino is pleasantly fruity, harmonious and persistent. A young Sangiovese which can be perfectly matched with a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes.

In Modus the Sangiovese presents its solid structure and typical cherry and red berry aromas; the Merlot contributes with its characteristic smoothness, enriched by delicate notes of mint and small black berry fruits; the Cabernet Sauvignon seals the union between these 3 royal varieties with its austerity, with its sweet, herbaceous perfumes and its elegance. Complex, yet simple at the same time, modern in style, yet with a distinct Tuscan character, Modus is a child of the union of Ruffino's century-long winemaking experience and the company's desire to renew itself by experimenting with new varietal expressions and new viticultural technologies. This has always been a Ruffino trademark. Modus is an exercise in style, in experience, in the will to improve.

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