Ruffino Modus 2010
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Ruby red with violet hues. The impact is intense and intriguing. The bouquet is complex, initially marked by deep notes of mature fruit, such as cherries, plums and small black berries, which fade into hints of spices, mint, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes on the finish. On the palate this wine is full-bodied and harmonious with silky tantannins. The mouthfeel is pleasant and fresh as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot weave together with finesse, each adding its own distinctive character. The finish is incredibly persistent, with lingering notes of black berry fruit and cocoa.
Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Modus is a darkly extracted and super-rich expression of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that shows enormous confidence and determination. This is the kind of wine you will enjoy pairing with roast pork stuffed with cooked prunes or juicy magret de canard. It is well-built and opulent, with thick layers of spice, black fruit, dark espresso bean and bitter chocolate. The style is soft, modern and well-suited to its many fans in international markets. There are no big surprises here. Anticipated 2014-2025.
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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.6 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 1 with reviewkimbalips - Lumberton, NC510/11/2013
I bought this simply because of the name :/ (My husband's name is Rufus) I know, worst reason in the world to purchase a bottle of wine! However, I was pleasantly surprised! This is a very smooth red and I cannot wait to purchase this one again.Anonymous - Hamilton, OH45/19/2016ChristineG - Cincinnati, OH35/9/2016Hee - Boston, MA512/29/2014
- Smooth & Supple