Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2001 Wine Review (NW)
Nose opens slowly to reveal cherry, tobacco, leather, and pepper
Smooth, rich texture on the palate, full-bodied, earthy core
Lingering finish of cherry, plum, and herbs
Give this one some time- and give it some air to open up and relax! If you do, you'll be rewarded. The wine opens slowly, but eventually reveals a dense core of flavors and a rich, smooth texture for a Chianti.
Other reviews I've read about this wine seem to jump to early conclusions on the wine's overall quality. My first impression wasn't anything special, either. After several hours, though, the wine showed its layers.
You see, the small, new oak cask characteristics aren't overwhelming here. The bouquet doesn't jump out of the glass and grab you with sweet spices like many other Italian reds finished in new oak. Rather, the wine carefully and slowly reveals itself.
I got a couple bottles recently for just $25, thought the wine is typically priced at $40. At $40, it's at the upper end of Chianti prices- pushing into Brunello and Super-Tuscan range. So try not to pay full price. Remember to be patient with it- and raise a glass!