Three Ruffino Chiantis

By / Wine + Drinks / January 15th, 2014 / 3

As a wine writer I get to try lots of interesting wines: simple wines, complex wines, intriguing wines and how-did-that-get-into-bottle wines …

My favourite tastings are those that compare a lineup of wines.  And one I did recently was of three Chiantis from long-time Tuscan producer Ruffino (founded in 1877).  These are three mainstay wines that have been in their portfolio seemingly forever, all at different price points, at different levels of drinkability, enjoy-ability, and all worth trying – alone or as a comparison.

When you take them side by each it’s easy to taste the difference in these wines; so let’s take a look where they should fit into your winter drinking schedule …

Ruffino 2012 Chianti ($14.95)

Simple and tasty, a drink now wine:  nose shows earthy cherry and hints of raspberry, the palate is typically rustic Italian with raspberry and cherry backing; perfect for that burger/pizza night.

Ruffino 2011 Aziano, Chianti Classico ($17.95)

Nicely balanced and can be consumed now or laid down for 5+ year: plum, black cherry and vanilla greet the nose; palate is plum, earthy, cocoa-mocha with bits of vanilla amongst silky but present tannins.  Nice pairing for that warm-your-cockles beef stew.

Ruffino 2010 Riserva Ducale, Chianti Classico ($24.95)

24 months in barrel brings out the big complex aromas and flavours:  anise, smoke, cherry and hints of leather; palate has cedary mocha, licorice, black cherry, blackberry, graphite and elevated tannins.  Put this one away for next winter or beyond.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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