Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico 2006
Full-bodied, very powerful in the fruity tastes, with tannins that are elegant and well linked to a good acidity. It is characterized by... View More
Very dark ruby-red. Spiced blackcurrant, coffee and ink on the nose, with a light dusting of cracked black pepper. Shows good texture and very good sweetness to its dark fruit, coffee and licorice flavors. Finishes smooth and long, but with mounting tannins and bit of alcoholic warmth. A very-well made wine that deserves an outstanding score, but I miss the penetratingly pure quality and red fruit aromas and flavors of past great vintages of this wine, such as the 1988 and 1990.
Licorice and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Balanced and pretty, with lovely finesse.
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Lightly aromatic, pleasantly soft, and always approachable...
Lightly aromatic, pleasantly soft, and always approachable, Pinot Blanc is best known in Alsace, where it is considered a workhorse variety that takes a backseat to the more complex Pinot Gris. A white mutation of Pinot Noir, it produces easy-drinking, enjoyable wines here. In Italy, as Pinot Bianco, it gets a little more complex, especially in the mountainous Alto Adige region. It is perhaps most successful as Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, where the wines are subtle, delicate, surprisingly complex, and age-worthy. There is also some Pinot Blanc performing well in Oregon and cooler pockets of California.
In the Glass
Typically, Pinot Blanc has a relatively full body and expresses simple but pleasing aromas of crisp green apple, pear, citrus, and white flowers. The finest examples possess stony minerality and occasionally ripe stone fruit flavors, and with age can develop intriguing notes of honey, vanilla, and almond.
Delicate Pinot Blanc works well with lighter fare such as salads, seafood, chicken, or turkey, but is truly at its best with Alsatian pairings like Hollandaise dishes, onion tarts, or the region’s notable soft cheeses such as Muenster.
Pinot Blanc’s delicate aromatics, full body, and moderate acidity make it a great alternative to the world’s most popular white wine. Anyone experiencing Chardonnay fatigue and looking to try something new would benefit from giving Pinot Blanc a try.