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Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011
Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy



Community Score: 4.5/5
Community Reviews: 12
 
Price: $24.95
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Alcohol: 14%
 

Drink: 2015-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Ruffino

Jon Steeves rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The 2011 vintage shows vibrant deep ruby red, 14.0% ABV, blended from 85% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot varietals sourced from an altitude of 270-320m above sea level. Grapes harvested from the Ruffino Loyola Nuova Estate Vineyards in the Montepulciano area located close to the Village of Valiant. Grapes harvested from carefully tended 25-45 year old vines and soil of mixed clay and limestone, experiencing hot summers and little rain with efficient diurnal temperature variation for great acidity and sugar. After fermentation, this wine was briefly held in stainless, followed by 18 months in oak barrels and further refined with bottle aging. On the nose and palate, enjoy the plum, cherry, dark chocolate and baking spices, with a hint of aged leather. This wine is elegant, full bodied, smooth and well balanced, velvety tannins. Long finish with persistence of dark chocolate, cherry and plum. Pairs well with traditional Tuscan Italian fare.
 

  


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