Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, $29.74-$39.99, 92 points, poured a deep pomegranate-red with a broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic potpourri with a toasty black cherry was quite good.
Medium-plus body, firm moderately drying tannins, and acids sufficient enough to partner with a rich pasta dish of meatballs in marinara sauce worked together well.
Focused flavor of black cherry accented by a mild floral component and intense oak building into the long finish of spiciness, a warm 14.5% alcohol, with a hint of mint.
Varietals were 80% Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Canaiolo.
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