Welcome Back!Sign in here:

   Reset Password

Not Registered?Still need to become one of our thirsty clan 158,694 strong?

Now's your chance!

Register Today!

Want the best wine for your buck?

204,891Wine Reviews
30Seconds to join

Modus Ruffino 2011 Wine Review

Modus Ruffino 2011

Modus Ruffino 2011

Tuscany I.G.T., Italy

Community Score: 4.5/5

Community Reviews: 7

  Add My Review

Price: $28.95

Drink: 2015-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml


Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Modus

Agent: Constellation Brands Inc.

Product: 912956

Product: 11442664

Natalie's Score: 93/100

A seductive nose of violets and wild blackberries gives way to a much more robust palate of fleshy black fruit, smoke, tar, graphite and oak. This truly is a Super Tuscan blend that delivers year after year. Layered, complex and offering a long, satisfying finish. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with prime rib.

Food pairings: pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, autumn hodge-podge.

Plush Pork Wine

This was reviewed August 15, 2014 by

More Wine Reviews and Ratings

Matt Steeves, Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Ruffino's Modus has taken the LCBO market by storm quickly becoming a fan favourite with a cult-like following that clears it from the LCBO shelves within days of its annual release. It's no reason why this Super Tuscan has done so well in Canada. At $29, this wine delivers in every imaginable way. Deep ruby colour, packed with dark fruits, plums, sweet spices, leather, and mint. Full bodied with a soft mouthfeel, this crowd pleasing blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot is a wine to buy by the case. Enjoy with bbq fare, hearty dishes, or my personal favourite with this wine, veal osso buco.
Tasted August 2014. 91 points. Matt Steeves - @QuercusVino
Doug Mcmillan rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Black plums, blackberries, raisin, black and white pepper, graphite, cigar box and more. A very aromatically complex wine with tons of depth. A velvety mouth-feel with flavours of plum, black cherry, and blackberry. Nice tannins and well balanced acidity. Perfect for a gourmet burger with a firm cheese.
Jennifer Macdonald rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A smooth, rich wine with aromas of plum, dried fruit, pepper and an earthy hint. The flavours are deep and intense and the tannins are not overpowering. Overall this wine is very balanced and enjoyable. The oak comes through and complements the fruit and spicy flavours well.
Heather Wall CS; WSET Certified rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Ruffino's Modus is definitely a crowd pleaser. At $29 it behaves like a rich Uncle. Full-bodied with supple tannins. Deep ruby colour with thick legs in the glass. Aromas and flavours are abundant. Luscious dark fruit(plum,black cherry, black raspberry, cassis), raisin, toast, cedar, clove,black earth , cellar floor. Robust and not for the faint of heart. Long length on the warm fruit driven finish. Dry.
Drink now but has potential for aging. 5 years +
Pair with better cuts of meat, veal, game
Tasted : August 2014
Sean O'Regan Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

August 17, 2014: Deep ruby/purple, dark fruit, earthy, savoury, dried herbs, and a hint of smoke/asphalt. Full bodied, repeating aromas on the palate along with toasty oak and mineral. Nicely balanced, but the tannins could use some taming with a few years in the cellar. Italian sausage in tomato based sauce on pasta would go nice.
Chris Coughlin WSET level 3 grad rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Dark and stewed fruit aromas and flavours, blackberry, sultana and cooking spice. This is a big wine, pair with Prime Rib etc.

Recipes for Modus Ruffino 2011




Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Cakebread Zinfandel
Zinfandel 2011,
Red Hills Lake County, California...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 161,012 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Get my reviews of terrific under-priced wines. Save money, drink better wine.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award