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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2001
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2001
(search item no. 89617)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Ruffino's most famous label is the gold-label Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale, first produced in 1947. The 2001 rendition capably maintains the tradition, combining coffee, prune and tobacco scents with flavors of ripe plums and dark earth. Tannins give a richly textured feel in the mouth, the drying finish balanced by ample fruit."
Wine Enthusiast

"This shows a raisiny tar character with hints of brown sugar. Full-bodied and very rich, with velvety tannins. This will improve with age."
-Wine Spectator

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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.