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Wine Wednesday: Ruffino Ducale Chianti


The most iconic of Italian wines surely has to be Chianti. And, one of the most iconic examples of Chianti from Italy is Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico --- ($24.99), along with its big brother, Ruffino Reserva Ducale Chianti Classico Oro ($39.99).

The wine and its bottle label are so well-known and recognizable that I even have a pepper grinder someone gave me years ago made to look like a bottle of Riserva Ducale. I wouldn't be surprised if someone discovered a lost Warhol of Ruffino Ducale.

This is a DOCG Chianti, meaning that a minimum of 80 percent Sangiovese grapes must be used making the Chianti. In this case, Cabernet and Merlot are also added.

Ruffino has been making Ducale Riserva Chianti for a long time; the first vintage was 1927. There are elegant, fruity aromas of cherries and plums, along with white pepper and hints of tobacco. On the palate, soft tannins mingle with dried-cherry flavors and rosemary notes. Food-wise, this oldie-but-goodie Chianti seems to have been made with roast leg of lamb in mind.

If you haven't tried Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico in a while -- or, ever -- now is the time. It's a terrific choice to help get you through the frigid winter nights we've been having.