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 (www.totalwine.com). For more information on the Ruffino Estate and its wines, visit them virtually at www.ruffino.com.

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