Ruffino Alauda 2015
A deep, rich red plum with hints of violet. Intense aromas of ripe red fruits with complex secondary aromatics of balsamic and vanilla. An elegant, full-bodied wine, Alauda is a harmonious sum of its parts. Rich with varietal flavors of plum and cherry from the Merlot and layered with ripe berry flavors from the Cabernet Franc, and unique balsamic and dark chocolate notes from the Colorino. The extended oak aging process integrates the blend while providing tertiary flavors of sweet spice and soft, elegant tannins for a lingering finish. This wine will age gracefully for decades. Pairs well with savory dishes such as Bistecca Fiorentina, Tortelli with duck sauce, Risotto with sausage and lamb shoulder as well as rich aged or peppered cheeses.
Dark and brooding, featuring plum, black cherry, coffee, chocolate and herbal flavors intertwined with the dense structure. Clamps down on the finish now, but extends, loosening the grip as the spice and coffee notes reaffirm themselves. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Colorino. Best from 2021 through 2033.