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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
(search item no. 7760)

PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

By the time it is released, Riserva Ducale is a glorious blend of youth and maturity, expressing ripe fruit aromas and tastes, as well as characteristics such as leather and cedar, developed during aging. Its velvety texture, full body and complexity mark it as a truly superior Chianti Classico Riserva. A full-bodied Chianti Classico, Riserva Ducale is best enjoyed with the traditional meats of Tuscany, especially roasts and game.
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About Ruffino:

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 region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.