Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico 2017

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The Ruffino winery has been making Chianti Classico since 1927. The name refers to the Duke of Aosta’s liking for Ruffino wines and particularly those kept in reserve for his court. As a result, and due to later changes to Chianti definitions, this is one of the only Italian wines with the word Reserva in the name twice.

A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in large oak barrels for two years and is characterized by cherry and violet notes with delicate hints of tobacco, white pepper, and a touch of flint. Well balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins, firm acidity, and a lingering finish of rosemary and an earthiness similar to porcini mushrooms as well as concentrated cherry.