Saturday, January 17, 2009
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2004 DOCG
First let me say that though aged in oak casks for 24 months, this Chianti Classico gives just a hint of the edges from the aging process.
What's most impressive is the simple, subtle elegance of this wine expressed through its ripe cherries and herbs. Into the picture creeps a bit of spice and violets and plum that has just this second ripened perfectly. Well integrated, this Chianti opens into a nice fruity mouthful and gives up a clean and even finish.
Very, very nice. (This bottle was a Christmas present, thanks Brian).