Ruffino Il Ducale Toscana 2007

Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy

Price: $17.99
Item No. 106163
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Blend: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah

The wine displays a ruby red core with violet reflections. The bouquet is complex and intense, with outstanding notes of cassis, cherries jam, plums and chocolate. Then it shows very clean flavors of tobacco, vanilla, eucalyptus and spice. The zingy notes added by Syrah perfectly match with the sensations of red and black fruit and aromatic herbs, given by Sangiovese and even with the roundness typical of Merlot.

On the palate the wine is Medium bodied, with an initial predominance of fruity notes, that slowly match with round and elegant tannins. The finish is almost sweet, and the very long aftertaste brings notes of ripe fruits together with aromas of vanilla and balsamic herbs.

A modern Tuscan wine born from Ruffino's century old winemaking tradition.

Critical Acclaim

"A little lean, but there's plenty of ripe fruit, offering berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011."
90 Points

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Ricky2006 - Montebello, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(3/30/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
A very great wine with a smooth, soft taste to the palate. The price of this wine is so reasonable for its class; I am so shocked and surprised to notice that it has such reviews. I have known this wine since 2008, when it was offered at an Italian Restaurant with a Pizza Margarita as the main dish. I have followed it ever since! Try it, and you'll see you found a great wine! Hope you enjoy it as I do! Holding my glass with Il Ducale I say to you:Salute!
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Rating:
(11/30/2010)
Decant it for 20 minutes or so and enjoy the velvety smoothness of this tuscan beauty - left me feeling warm all over - I'd buy again and serve it with dinner!
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Rating:
(10/7/2010)
This was a disappointment, especially with the good rating from WE. I felt this was past its prime and a bit harsh.
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ponza tony - Branford, CT (read all my reviews)

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(6/7/2011)
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Learn About Ruffino Map ItMap It

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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