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Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011 Wine Review

Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 13

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Price: $35.15

Drink: 2015-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Ruffino

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Juicy and savoury with delicious dark layers of fleshy black cherry and blackberry. Great zing on the palate and finish to add refreshment and food friendly virtuoso-ness. Pair with hearty meat sauces and tomato dishes.

Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine

This Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011 was reviewed on October 31, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A delicious Sangiovese blend with a little Cab Sauv and Merlot, deep ruby red with good viscosity. Aromatic with inviting dark fruit and floral notes, hints of chocolate , leather and baking spices, unfolding into a full-bodied palate that is smooth, well-integrated, velvety and totally satisfying. Wonderful long fruity/floral finish with touch of nutmeg. Would definitely buy this one again.
Tasted October, 2015
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

An elegant Italian wine with aromas of mint, black pepper, black cherry, dusty dried herbs, and ripe plums. The taste is juicy, with round tannins, and flavours of blackberry , black cherry, and plums. A long finish of plum and black cherry leave you wanting more. Perfect for stews, meaty Italian dishes, or an evening in front of the fire.
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Beautiful deep ruby red……the nose is intriguing, with lots of plum, spice, leather and nutmeg…….On the palate, the tannins are present, yet smooth….delicious! There is a lingering fruit presence, a home run for sure!
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

An aromatic array of eucalyptus and black fruit with the palate displaying red licorice, blackberry, spice and some mocha. The wine has soft tannins and a smooth lasting finish.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier 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.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Look no further, here is a sumptuous fall/winter easy drinking red. Key aroma characteristics include: cooked red and black berry fruit, vanilla, licorice and a touch of smoke. The flavours follow the nose but with hints of mint. Tannins and acidity are integrated and smooth. This wine is medium + bodied with medium raisony finish. Pair with cacciatore.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Ruffino's Lodola Nuova is medium ruby red with roasted beets, red pepper, dried herbs, leather, and a touch of pencil shavings on the nose. The palate is round and very approachable, with dark fruit, plum, and raspberry on the finish. Enjoy this fall and over the winter with hearty dishes. Tasted October 2015. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
David Skinner rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Medium ruby red. A subtle nose with spice and dark fruits. Plums and a hint of nutmeg are noteworthy and the medium body provides just enough lift to make this a very enjoyable wine with or without food. Soft tannins and a medium long finish provide a nice balance between acid and tannin levels. Primarily a Sangiovese (85%) wine with the extra fruit notes from Merlot (10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%).

Pair this with a nice mushroom dish or a beet risotto.
Cherie Cole rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Luscious dark cherry with herbaceous notes, mellowed out with earthy aromas. The velvety tannins and balanced acidity of this wine would pair well with meaty pasta sauces.
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby showing cherry, oak spice, dried herb on the nose which follows through on a medium bodied palate with balanced acidity and drying tannins on a medium finish. Drinking nicely now with protein and should hold over the next 3-5 years.
Tasted Oct 2015 at Ruffino wine tasting dinner
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Cherry and blackberry with a very aromatic bouquet of green herbs such as eucalyptus, rosemary, and mint. Juicy cranberry-cherry flavor and peppery finish. Definitely a wine that need food... Lamb or caramelized mushrooms would be wonderful.
The 2011 vintage of Ruffino's Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is full-bodied Italian red wine with grapes grown in the Lodola Nuova estate situated close to the medieval Tuscan village of Montepulciano. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak casks. This is a red wine blend of 90% Sangiovese grapes (aka Prugnolo Gentile), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. - Community Wine Reviews

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