*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
After deciding that the 2013 Piedrasassi Syrah wasn’t for me, I went on the search for another wine to open on Christmas Eve. Since I had been saving the Piedrasassi for the holiday, it threw me off a little to have to find something new that would be both special and pair well with Hubby’s smothered applewood smoked cheddar burgers and roasted rosemary potatoes. In the end, I opted for a Ruffino Chianti.
The 2011 Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico (winery, snooth) is made in Tuscany, Italy with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine was a dark ruby color with a clear, watery rim. On the nose, there were cherries, plums, and violets mixed with hints of tobacco, leather, white pepper, and cedar. In the mouth, there were cherries, white pepper, leather, and cedar mixed with hints of tobacco and violets. The wine has a medium body, medium-to-firm tannins, and high acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At an SRP of $25, this wine is a little on the pricey side for an everyday chianti, but it is worth every penny. It is the type of wine that you just want to sink into and savor.
Because of the high acidity, for me, this is definitely a food wine, and it went amazingly well with Hubby’s burgers. The depth of flavor and creaminess of the melted applewood smoked cheddar brought out the cedary notes of the wine, while the fattiness of the cheese and the burger never became too much because of the acidity in the wine. What was particularly fun, though, was that when I paired the wine with the rosemary potatoes, the violets and white pepper became even more noticeable. This wine ended up being perfect for our Christmas Eve dinner.
According to the Ruffino website, the Riserva Ducale is named after the Duke of Aosta. Aosta is in the Italian Alps, and the Duke supposedly traveled over the treacherous mountains to taste the Ruffino wines he had heard about. The Duke loved the wines so much that, in 1890, he named Ruffino as the official wine supplier to the Italian royal family. And, with a wine that tasted like the Riserva Ducale, I’m certainly not surprised.
Question of the Day: I know it’s a couple of weeks ago already, but if you were celebrating Christmas, what did you drink during the holiday?
Suggested Retail Price: $25
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4.5 Corks