Chianti goes perfectly with Spaghetti Bolognese.

Therefore, this wine is also known to many people who otherwise have little interest in the Sangiovese grape variety from Tuscany.

Since the "Bolo" is a regular student meal, the red grape juice usually comes from the supermarket and costs significantly less than ten euros.

Frugal Chianti drinkers should therefore not necessarily be familiar with the Ruffino winery.

The cheapest bottle costs 8.50 euros, but then the prices in the range multiply.

However, so is the quality.

Marco Dettweiler

Editor in Business.

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A Ruffino label is attached to every fifth bottle of Chianti Classico Riserva and every third Chianti Classico Gran Selezione that leaves Tuscany.

The winery manages 1500 hectares spread over the entire Chianti area.

The company also owns the Greppone Mazzi winery near Montalcino, where a Brunello is pressed.

A Gran Selezione

The heart of the wine production is the Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro, the current 2018 is the 33rd vintage.

For just under thirty euros this is a classic Chianti Classico at a high level.

But the Ducale Oro still has a "big brother": the Romitorio di Santedame.

This Chianti Classico is a Gran Selezione, so it was awarded the highest quality level by the winery.

The wine matures for at least 30 months, three of them in the bottle.

It consists of ninety percent Sangiovese and ten percent Colorino, has 14.5 percent alcohol, is aged for 24 months in used barriques and costs just under 70 euros.

We have the 2016 vintage in the glass.

There it appears between ruby ​​and crimson.

On the nose, the Romitorio di Santedame is still quite inconspicuous, just like a Chianti.

The aromas of dark red fruits, sweet spices and vanilla rise.

But as soon as the first sip spreads in the mouth, there is no holding back: This drop is stuffed full of preserved black cherries and dark berries and fills the mouth with an elegant juiciness, it spreads with relish without appearing jammy because of the acidity provide freshness and the present but fine tannins provide structure.

Despite its complexity and depth, one sip leaves you craving for another.

For his young age, the Romitorio looks very mature.

Still, it will be worth ignoring the wine in the cellar for a few more years.

For the impatient, we recommend another meal partner that has nothing to do with spaghetti Bolognese and is also served at the Japanese restaurant: grilled, miso-marinated duck.

Rarely have wine and food complemented each other so well.

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