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2015 Ruffino Riserva Ducale Tan

August 29, 2019 - Norman Bentley

I have been in love with Ruffino Chianti since long before I can remember! Maybe its because when I was a little boy in Napa, California, the family's favorite Italian restaurant was a place called Ruffino's, in downtown Napa, where I occasionally got a "sip" of Chianti with my spaghetti. I last visited Ruffino's in Napa in 2000, but I do not believe it is still there.

The 2015 Riserva Ducale is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, with the balance in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The nose is an aromatic burst of cherries and violets against a backdrop of brilliant ruby red color. The flavor is complex, with abundant cherry, highlighted by plum and red raspberry leading to a finish featuring soft and smooth tannins. The alcohol content is 13.5%, and Norm's score is 90.

We loved this wine with our dinner of both Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan, sided by angle hair pasta. Ohh, Mama-Mia!

score: 90

price: $18 - $23


Available online at:

Pine Island



Also Available at AOL”s Dunwoody Patch:

Dunwoody, GA Patch

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