I have been enjoying Chianti Classico 2010 immensely, especially since since the year has turned out to be a fantastic vintage for the region. The Ruffino estate was founded in 1877 by Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino with a dream to make well-known wines in the heart of Tuscany. In 1913 the Folonari family purchased the estate and set about acquiring a collection of vineyards that now includes 7 estates within Tuscany. They strive to create modern wines for “the contemporary lifestyle” by using a blend of century-long tradition and current technology. This Aziano was aged for 8 months in stainless steel and concrete to emphasis the aromas and fruit character.
Dark ruby red in colour, after decanting aromas of roses and tomato vine swirled about in the glass. Concentrated black cherry and grape flavours joined vegetal traces and dusty flowers in the medium body. White pepper, bitter dark chocolate and repeating black cherry elements comprised the moderate finish. With nuances of cloying cough syrup flavours, this is still a decent glass with a meal, but there are many other wonderful bottles available, especially for the 2010 vintage that can be enjoyed instead.
Winemakers blend of 80% Sangiovese “plus Canaiolo and Merlot”
Bottled by Ruffino s.r.l.
Drinking thru 2014