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Ruffino Chianti

Ruffino Chianti 2012
ITEM# 02838
SIZE 750ML
VINTAGE 2012
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Ruffino Chianti holds a very special place in the winery’s heart. This wine was first produced by winery founders Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino, and for over a century it has been a benchmark for the entire Chianti category. For many consumers worldwide, Ruffino Chianti is Chianti. Ruffino has, in fact, greatly influenced the world’s perception of Chianti wines. Chianti wine was traditionally known for its ”fiasco” - its characteristic straw bottle which was shaped like the goatskin wine container that a man living in the Middle Ages would have slung from his saddlebow. Ruffino made international headlines and single-handedly updated Chianti’s image by replacing this traditional straw flask with a refined Florentine bottle in 1975. This bottle is a unique Ruffino trademark.
Tasting notes
Aromas of lemon cream and pineapple with notes of allspice lead to a broad palate bursting with ripe tangelo and citrus flavors, complex mineral character and notes of toasted almond and vanilla. The 2004 Rhinefarm Vineyard Chardonnay features excellent acidity and balance and a creamy mouthfeel, culminating in a focused, fruit-driven finish reminiscent of lemon meringue.

Review
Colour: Ruby red

Aroma: As always this Chianti features a deliciously vinous bouquet, where the floral and fruity notes lead towards a finish of slightly spicy scents of wild cherry and hazelnuts.

Tasting profile: Medium-bodied, Chianti Ruffino is pleasantly fruity, harmonious and persistent.


Wine maker notes
Ruffino Chianti holds a very special place in the winery's heart.

This wine was first produced by winery founders Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino, and for over a century it has been a benchmark for the entire Chianti category.

Chianti wine was traditionally known for its "fiasco" - its characteristic straw bottle which was shaped like the goatskin wine container that a man living in the Middle Ages would have slung from his saddlebow. Ruffino made international headlines and single-handedly updated Chianti's image by replacing this traditional straw flask with a refined Florentine bottle in 1975. This bottle is a unique Ruffino trademark.


Technical notes
GRAPE VARIETALS
A minimum of 75% Sangiovese plus other varieties admitted by code production, such as Canaiolo and Colorino.
VINEYARDS
From grapes grown in the best-known wine-growing regions of Chianti.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING
The grapes were harvested beginning from the end of September. Alcoholic fermentation, usually aided by racking and punching down, continued for about 2 weeks at an average temperature of 26C in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and concrete vats. The wine is aged for 4 months in stainless steel and concrete vats and then in bottle.

Alcohol content: 12.5% vol.


Food pairing
A young Sangiovese which can be perfectly matched with a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes.


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