Bright ruby red in color. The bouquet is elegant, fragrant and inviting. The intense fruity notes, typical for Sangiovese intertwine with spicy sweet notes derived from the Merlot. The oak ageing adds complexity and length to the aromas with delicious hints of walnuts, tobacco and cassis. On the palate, Il Ducale is refreshingly fruity yet elegant. It is medium bodied, with mellow tannins and has a lovely balance of ripe fruit and acidity. Flavors are intense and lingering, characterized by hints of blueberries, raspberries and cocoa. Il Ducale is a modern, Tuscan wine born from Ruffino's century old winemaking tradition."
Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varietals
The grapes for IL DUCALE are sourced in vineyards located in the most prestigious vine growing areas of Tuscany. Ruffino's estate vineyards contribute to the production of this wine.
The description given about this wine is right on par. There was something about the boquet that I couldn't figure out until I read the description. Its the walnut. Not dry like I was expecting from an Italian Sangiovese blend. I would definitely recommend this wine and will buy it again.
one of the reds i've ever tasted. hurt me to empty a full bottle down the drain. save your $'s.