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Ruffino Il Ducale 2009

Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    750ML / 13.5% ABV
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    750ML / 13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Ruby red with violet reflections. The bouquet is intense and denotes a pleasant complexity, with notes of cassis, cherries jam, plums and chocolate. It then fades into very clean flavors of tobacco, vanilla, eucalyptus and spice. These pleasant spicy notes added by Syrah exalts the sensations of red and black fruit and aromatic herbs, given by Sangiovese as well as the roundness typical of Merlot. Harmonic and well balanced, the initial predominance of fruity notes develops to compliment the round and elegant tannins. The aftertaste is long and satisfying with refined notes of ripe fruits together with aromas of pepper, vanilla and balsamic herbs. A modern Tuscan wine born from Ruffino's century old winemaking tradition.

    This smooth red wine is a perfect accompaniment to herb-roasted chicken, meatball sliders, or beef carpaccio. Pair with tomato bruschetta or with Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheeses for Italian-style-entertaining.

    Blend: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah

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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 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.

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    Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.

    A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.

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