95 Points James Suckling: Ruby red with violet hues. The impact of the aromas is intense and fascinating. The bouquet is complex, initially characterized by intense notes of mature fruit, such as cherries, plums and small black berries, which then fade into hints of spices, mint, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes on the finish. On the palate it is full-bodied and harmonious and characterized by the finesse of its silky tannins. The taste is elevated by a remarkable pleasantness and freshness and a texture in which each varietal adds its own distinctive trait. The finish is incredibly persistent, with an aftertaste of black berry fruit and cocoa.
The year 1927 is a very special year for Ruffino: The wine Riserva Ducale is produced for the first time. With Riserva Ducale, originally produced as a Chianti Stravecchio, Ruffino desires to show everyone that wines from the Chianti area can stand their ground in the company of the best wines from the world. The name chosen for this wine, Riserva Ducale, is inspired by the Duke of Aosta. New international prizes are awarded to Ruffino: The Gran Premio at the International Expo in Barcellona in 1929 and the Grand Diploma at the expo in Rio de Janeiro the same year.
During the eighties Ruffino's desire to meet new, exciting challenges leads to the acquisition of two new estates. In 1984 the Greppone Mazzi Estate is added to Ruffino's collection of Tuscan estates and the company begins to produce a Brunello di Montalcino - a grand Tuscan red wine which had already gained a renowned international reputation. In 1988 the Santedame Estate in Chianti Classico is acquired. New wines see the light: The Libaio Chardonnay and the Aziano Chianti Classico , for example. In 1987 the Aziano wins a prize in the Weinpraemierung in Zurig, and in 1988 the Libaio is awarded the Grand Prix in the Canadian contest Selection Mondial in Montreal.