ITALIAN WINE PICK: Ruffino | Modus | IGT | Tuscany | Italy | 2010 | $25 | 90 pts

Ruffino Modus '10Following our recent review of Renieri’s Invetro, we discovered yet another superb-value mini-Super Tuscan (Indicazione Geografica Tipica, or IGT, classification) from the region’s 2010 vintage.  This one hails from the venerable Chianti producer Ruffino, and consists of Sangiovese (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), and Merlot (25%) sourced from the estate’s Poggio Casciano and Santedame vineyards.  This is a modern and well-proportioned wine, offering aromas of ripe black raspberry, tobacco, and cinnamon stick followed by flavors of butter-sauteed plum, Morrocan olive, and roasted Anaheim chile, with a hint of smoked cherry on the velvety finish.  All of this is served up on a medium body with agreeable tannins and acids that translate into immediate enjoyment.  The wine is a harmonious expression of fruit, spice, and earth at a very reasonable price. It will pair well with medium to sharp cheeses, tomato-based pasta dishes, and moussaka.  We found Modus at Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia, and it is available at many Total Wine locations nationwide ( For more information on the Ruffino Estate and its wines, visit them virtually at

Be Sociable, Share!
This entry was posted in Italy, Super Tuscan, Tuscany. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *