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2008 Ruffino Reserva Ducale

March 5, 2010 - Norman Bentley


I have been in love with Ruffino Chianti since long before I can remember!  Maybe its because when
I was a little boy in Napa, California, the family's favorite Italian Restaurant was a place called Ruffino's
in downtown Napa, where I occasionally got a "sip" of Chianti with my spaghetti.  Later, when I was 
about twelve, we used to visit Spano's Italian Seafood Restaurant in downtown Columbus, Georgia.  
This restaurant was opened in the 1880's and lasted until the 1990's.  There I got a three ounce glass 
of Ruffino Chianti to go with my Saturday spaghetti lunch.  So you might understand that I am well 
acquainted with Ruffino Chianti.
I, of course, was not surprised when "The Wine Spectator" gave a 90 score to the 2006 Ruffino 
Reserva Ducale Chianti Classico.  I love this wine and have consumed dozens of bottle over the last 
few decades!  The Wine Spectator's description was, "Blueberry and mineral aromas, with hints of new
wood.  Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a rich core of raspberry fruit and lemony acidity."
The Reserva Ducale is always a wonderful bottle of wine, and best suited for your favorite veal dishes. 
My favorite is Veal Marsala, but as I have already revealed, since my youth, I have always enjoyed this
wine with a plate of spaghetti!  So when you order the veal, make sure you get a side of spaghetti!    

Score - 90

Price Range - $20 - $25



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