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Wine Wednesday: Ruffino Ducale Chianti

by Ted Scheffler
- Posted // 2013-01-16 - The most iconic of Italian wines surely has to be Chianti. And, one of the most iconic examples of Chianti from Italy is Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico ($24.99), along with its big brother, Ruffino Reserva Ducale Chianti Classico Oro ($39.99).

The wine and its bottle label are so well-known and recognizable that I even have a pepper grinder someone gave me years ago made to look like a bottle of Riserva Ducale. I wouldn't be surprised if someone discovered a lost Warhol of Ruffino Ducale.

This is a DOCG Chianti, meaning that a minimum of 80 percent Sangiovese grapes must be used making the Chianti. In this case, Cabernet and Merlot are also added.

Ruffino has been making Ducale Riserva Chianti for a long time; the first vintage was 1927. There are elegant, fruity aromas of cherries and plums, along with white pepper and hints of tobacco. On the palate, soft tannins mingle with dried-cherry flavors and rosemary notes. Food-wise, this oldie-but-goodie Chianti seems to have been made with roast leg of lamb in mind.

If you haven't tried Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico in a while -- or, ever -- now is the time. It's a terrific choice to help get you through the frigid winter nights we've been having.

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