Monday, November 26, 2012

Wine notes on Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2007

We opened a bottle of Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 tonight.  This was part of my birthday present in June and it’s been burning a hole in the cellar ever since.  Chianti is one of our favorites and as a rule we count it as an old friend of the family.  Always consistent and always good.

It’s persistently a joy to open a bottle releasing the beautiful aroma that draws you in from the very start.  A ruby hued Chianti that is gorgeous in the glass but wanting so much more.  The nose offers wonderful flower and dark fruit notes of black cherry and plum with violets intermingled.  Additional aromas of spice of white pepper and cinnamon along with leather and chocolate entice us as well.  At this point our mouths are watering and we are anticipating our first sip!

The wine gives a full mouth feel with plenty of fruit combined elegantly with the supple tannins, striking acidity and cohesive sensations!  The black cherry, plum and violets follow through on the palate along with spice showcasing a minerality that is very sleek.  A touch of fennel is found on the back palate as it offers a nice long finish that rivets your taste buds making you wish for the next sip.

The first vintage of this beauty was in 1927 so the 2007 vintage marks the 80th anniversary.  A wine with a long history with good marks all along the way.  It is a blend of 80% Sangiovese with the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The grapes are from the Ruffino estates of Santedame, Montemasso and Gretole which are in the traditional production areas of Chianti Classico stretching over the provinces of Siena and Florence.  The soils are hilly land (290 – 470 meters above sea level) with a soil of clay and an abundant presence of “Galestro” rock.  The have variable microclimates but largely characterized by hot and dry summers with high day-night temperature swings that favor an optimal maturation process of the grapes.

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