Monday, July 03, 2006

Tenimenti Ruffino Lodola Nuova 2000 - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Wines from a specific region and process have similar tastes. Generally, producers will make wines of the same quality. They may have one or two wines much better or much worse than the norm but most of their production will be consistently of the same level. Tenimenti Ruffino Lodola Nuova 2000 is a great wine. The Sangiovese and Merlot grapes grown in Montepulciano are the basic genetic material while the producer, Tenimenti Ruffino, provides the training turning potential into success. A Nobile di Montepulciano, Lodola Nuova has all of the characteristics of the great Super Tuscans.

The professionals, who rate wines, were not impressed with Lodola Nuova 2000. They gave the wine a 3 out of 5. This fact has kept the price at a very reasonable level, between 20 and 35 $. Although not a Brunello, Lodola Nuova 2000 is smooth and seductive. Perfect for less savory meats, roasts, pasta and risotto dishes. For red wine lovers it can also be a before and after dinner compliment with bruschetta, crostini or cheeses. We started long before dinner and continued with our Ravioli with Gorgonzola. This is a great mid-level red, inexpensive enough to drink on a regular basis, and sensual enough to make any dinner seem like a special occasion.

Grape: Sangiovese 90% and Merlot 10%.

Color: Intense ruby red.

Bouquet: Rich, floral sensation of violets and red berries.

Flavor: Sensual, very soft tannins, encompassing, Raspberry, Bing Cherries and June Plums. The finish seems to have a hint of ginger and cinnamon.

Alcohol Content: 13.5 %

Serving Temperature: 18-20 c.

Decanting: 1 hour.

Pouring: Pour slowly with a 15-20 degree inclination. Do not turn the bottle upside down to pour the final drops. If transported, let the bottle sit for a couple of hours before pouring.

Glass: use a clear wide bellied, deep, stemmed glass. The increased surface area will allow the wine to continue to breath and will release its aroma as you move the glass to the mouth.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Momma Mia!
Thatsa deliciosa bottle!
way to go Italian Insight Guy!

9:41 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

I wonder what you have to do to become the winning wine of the "Glutton's Award".

Perhaps we should start a contest here in the US. "Best of Gluttony"

1:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's the poster for it....

5:11 PM

Blogger AY said...

the grapes look yummy.

12:59 AM

Blogger ChickyBabe said...

I like "smooth and seductive" Italians. Wines too :).

5:27 PM

Blogger Doll Face said...

I'm really enjoying your wine posts... now where to find the best down under?

10:08 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

ChickyBabe do acquired Italians qualify?

Natalie I am glad you like the wine posts. I have always wondered if readers found this type of post useful or not. For the best place to find the wines I actually may be able to help, I will send a couple of emails to get a list of local distributers then it will be your job to try them all and tell us which one is best! A sacrifice, all in the name of research.

6:09 AM


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