Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Ruby red with garnet hues. The first impression is very intense, with notes of ripe plums, cassis and maraschino cherry. Then it shows neat hints of incense, followed by cocoa, sweet tobacco and penetrating spicy notes of black pepper. All these flavors form a very complex and elegant bouquet, composed by extremely refined and neat sensations. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with marvellous tannins that are steady and pronounced, but at the same time are elegant and smooth. Very well balanced, the aftertaste is outstandingly long, characterized by flavors of red fruit with elegant hints of chocolate and still showing sweet tobacco.
"Like a bouquet of fresh flowers, with cherry, raspberry and spice notes on the palate, this red is appealing from start to finish. Lest you think it's easy, there are ample tannins, leaving a tobacco and licorice grip on the finish. Well-proportioned, but needs time to come together. Best from 2013 through 2026."
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty wine. This is a juicy fruit-forward style of Brunello best suited to near-term enjoyment. Crushed flowers, licorice, red berries and spices linger on the supple, juicy finish. This is a perfect example of an overachieving wine in 2006. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
The Wine Advocate
"This Brunello opens with elegance on the nose, with small berry, cassis and wild blueberry aromas. Beyond the steady, feminine bouquet is a wine that has power, determination and personality, with savory endnotes of spice and fresh pipe tobacco. "
"Bright medium red. Deep, vibrant aromas of cherry, raspberry, rose petal and incense. Silky-smooth and energetic, with a medicinal reserve to the concentrated flavors of red berries, spices and white pepper. This very serious, backward Brunello finishes with firm but suave tannins.
International Wine Cellar
"A firm and elegant Brunello with berry, light milk chocolate and cedar aroma and flavors. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and a subtle fruity finish. Needs a little time to soften. Best after 2013."
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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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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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Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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