2009 is the current vintage of this luxe Chianti Classico from Italian giant Ruffino, which is made only during “outstanding” vintages largely from estate fruit — although 2009 was not considered a stellar year for Tuscany. Either way, this was clearly bottled and released at just the right point. Pretty notes of cherry and spiced raspberry notes lead the way, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg emerging as it develops in glass. Bright and acidic, but soft with well-tempered tannins, it’s a delight on its own but feels designed for long, lingering meals — with lots of pasta.
A- / $40 / ruffino.com
The post Review: 2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro appeared first on Drinkhacker: The Insider’s Guide to Good Drinking.