Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

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!


Stewart Kenneth Moore (Booda) said...

I'm looking for this wine tomorrow!

lee said...

i've been able to find the 2003 pretty easily for abotu $25. I also have a 1997 that i will be opening on my birthday. Not sure what I paid for that one though. I am very much looking forward to it.