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90 • Casa Catelli 2011 Rosso Toscana IGT $14.99. Best Buy.
Completely opaque to a deep garnet rim. Black currant, roast cherry skin, mint, mocha, animal, bramble and vanilla on the nose lead to flavors of black currant, mocha, wet black soil and roasted tomato. Rich complex flavors marry with integrated tannins and balanced, well-integrated acidity. A big boy. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
89 • Ruffino 2011 Chianti Superiore DOCG $11.99. Best Buy.
Medium Garnet with violet rim. Aromas of red cherries, tar, vanilla bean and licorice. Crushed blackberries and boysenberries are framed with herbs de Provence and notes of roast coffee. Bright acidity and herbal savory notes balance the crushed berries to create a beautiful fruity/savory balance. Medium long Finish makes you want to go back for more. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
94 • Ruffino 2009 Modus, Toscana IGT $24.99. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and cherry-berry compote with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, evolving finish of cedar, spice, apple, and earth notes with fine tannins. A bold, delicious red. (tasted on Aug-27-2012)
89 • Casa Catelli 2010 Rosso Toscana IGT $14.99. Best Buy.
Fragrant nose of raspberry, cocoa, mocha, almond, chocolate truffles and candied cherry leads to a medium body with balanced acidity, ripe tannins and a moderately long finish. Keeps you coming back for more. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
88 • Lionello Marchesi 2008 Chianti Superiore DOCG $14.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of nougat, clay, mocha, and dried berry with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body with a crisp, spiced apple and earth finish. A nice table wine. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
87 • Ruffino 2009 Chianti Superiore DOCG $11.99. Best Buy.
Herbal cedar, cocoa, and wild berry bush aromas with a silky dryish medium body and a seamless, nut and spice accented finish. A very nice table wine. (tasted on Oct-15-2011)
87 • Casa Catelli 2009 Toscana Rosso $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of baked berries, pickling herbs and spices, and Mexican chocolate with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, cherry and apple sauce finish. (tasted on Sep-26-2011)
86 • Ruffino 2008 Chianti Superiore $12.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries, violet, and melted chocolate. Round and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Crisp, honeyed apple, plum kin and spice accented finish. Very tasty, pair with pasta carbonara. (tasted on Sep-02-2010)
84 • Ruffino 2010 Chianti Superiore DOCG $11.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Chewy red plums and cherries lead to a medium body with firm tannins and slightly drying acidity with a finish that ends on acid and tannin with the fruit ending a bit too soon. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)