(2010 Vintage) Il Ducale displays ruby red with violet reflections. The bouquet is intense and denotes a pleasant complexity, with notes of cassis, cherry jam, plums, and chocolate. It then fades into very clean flavors of tobacco, vanilla, eucalyptus, and spice. These pleasant spicy notes added by Syrah exalt the sensations of red and black fruit and aromatic herbs, given by Sangiovese as well as the roundness typical of Merlot. Harmonic and well-balanced, the initial predominance of fruity notes develops to complement the round and elegant tannins. The aftertaste is long and satisfying with refined notes of ripe fruits together with aromas of pepper, vanilla, and balsamic herbs. A modern Tuscan wine born from Ruffino's century-old winemaking tradition.
smooth, let breathe. works well the next day too (if it lasts).
At Grotta Azzurra Ristorante, Little Italy, 2014.06.06
Not my favorite, tight
Love the smoothness.
Heavy spicy red