Ruffino Il Ducale 2007
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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.
Wine Spectator - "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."
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. View all Ruffino Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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6 ratings, 3 with reviewsponza tony - Branford, CT26/7/2011DJLeighton - Chicago, IL24/27/2011Ricky2006 - Montebello, CA53/30/2011
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!Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA411/21/2010Decant 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!210/7/2010This 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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