2004 Ruffino Tenuta Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The euro is still killing us for European wines, but some prices have gone up more than others. One wine that has not increased in price is the 2004 Ruffino Tenuta Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Got that? This is actually simple: Ruffino is the name of the winery, the wine is from the Lodola Nuova Estate, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the appellation, or the region where it is produced. This region is in Tuscany, surrounding the town of Montepulciano, so the grape in question is Sangiovese, with some Canaiolo and others allowed in the blend. The wine is lush and rich, but still with that Italian acidity on the finish. Dark berry and earth flavors dominate, with plum, dark cherry, and dark oak in the mix. A light hit of dark chocolate near the end is a welcome surprise. And the price remains at $23.This Sangiovese-based wine is great with heavy pastas think sausage or beef sauces. The earth and spice meld well with not-too-spicy barbecue beef. The light tannins mean this wine will age gracefully for two to five years.lario and Leopoldo Ruffino founded the company in the 1870s. With no immediate heirs, they sold the winery to the Folonari family in the early 1900s. Marco and Paolo Folonari still head the Ruffino winery today. Jarrett Osborn | Riverwalk Wine & Spirits
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