The Wine of the Week
by Annette Tomei
2012 Ruffino, Orvieto Classico, Orvieto DOC, Umbria, Italy
The Orvieto Classico region, which produces only white wines, is in the central Italy region of Umbria, between Florence and Rome. It is one of the oldest wine producing regions in Italy with a history dating back to the Etruscans. The wines are typically blends of several regional grapes, primarily Procanico (aka Trebbiano Toscano) and Grechetto.
Ruffino is a well-known producer, mostly of Tuscan wines – especially Chianti, with a solid reputation earned over more than a century of production. Like many producers of Chianti, they look to the Orvieto Classico region for their whites.
The 2012 vintage is a traditional blend – primarily Grechetto – and traditional style that yields a wine that is a textbook example of an Italian-style white wine. It is easy drinking, refreshing on its own, but at its best with a bite to eat. And, unlike many red wines of similar quality, it is as affordable as it is tasty (at less than $10/bottle on average).
Aromas of straw, sage and stony-minerality carry through on the palate with a slight hint of salinity. The mouthfeel has a pleasant stinging of the tartness of green apple and lime zest, with a clean dry finish and lingering aroma of green almond. Of course, this wine is a great partner for Italian foods, and was particularly good with fresh pea risotto as well as spaghetti a la puttanesca with olive oil packed tuna crumbled into it. Buon appetito!
Tasting note: tasted in half bottle format (375 ml)
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