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ProducerRuffino (web)
VineyardLodola Nuova
AppellationVino Nobile di Montepulciano
UPC Code(s)083085903282

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2016 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by kcsteve on 8/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Consistent with notes on 1/25/13. Decanted for 1 hr. In a sweet spot right now. (1123 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 1/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Beautiful Sangiovese. Ran through Vinturi. Dark red but not opaque. Typical floral nose with hints of cherry and cedar. Very nice balance of tannin and acidity. Long finish of sour cherry and spice. Great wine for the price. (1381 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 8/2/2011 & rated 91 points: dark red-black color
classical quality aroma of Sangiovese
rich flavors, full body, balanced tannin & bitterness, 'warm & alcoholic', value for money. Impressing! (2139 views)
 Tasted by RADV on 2/10/2009 & rated 91 points: Nice dark color. Cherries and cedar box. Round and balanced with soft tannins. Hint of dark chocolate. Long finish (about 35-40s). Got better after 2 hour of decanting. Paired very nicely with grilled jumbo shrimps (w/ spicy tomato, butter and herbs sauce). Overall a great bottle of wine that should be cellared for 2 years. Overdelivers for under $30. (2300 views)

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SANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.[16]

Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.


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