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Deep pigeon blood ruby with cherry rim. The bouquet is muted, though swishing brings up some spice and moderate berry fruit. It's like a person curled into a ball, who Wants To Be Left Alone. On the palate it's fairly rich, with lively cherry fruit supported by unusual peppery spice that almost has a petilliant feel to it, and by slightly greenish tannins that flow into a tart finish. At tastings of this sort one often feels as if one were examining kindergarteners, but this child is even younger. Too young to judge, really. Wine Enthusiast-88pts This Riserva Chianti Rufina made with fruit from old vines opens with dark, spicy notes of smoked ham or cured meat, cigar, plum, prune and a dusty mineral element. In the mouth, it tastes bright and crisp with a textured, gritty fade. (4/1/2011)