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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2011 Ruffino Orvieto

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by:Norm Bentley
  
2011 Ruffino Orvieto Classico 
 
The Orvieto Classico wine is named after one of Umbria’s most beautiful cities, located on a hilltop between Florence and Rome. This city is known for its magnificent dome. Wine has been made in Orvieto since the days of the Etruscans. Over the years, winegrowers from the Chianti region have also maintained vineyards in Orvieto. They are driven by the desire to produce a class of white wine as well known and loved as Chianti itself. Other than Pinot Grigio, there is hardly any other Italian white wine as widely known and loved as the Orvieto Classico with its easy drinking character and distinct Italian style.  For myself, I prefer it to Pinot Grigio.
 
The 2011 Ruffino Orvieto Classico is typical of the Ruffino Orvieto wines which I have loved in the past.  It is a blended white, which is 50% Grechetto, 30% Procanico, 10% Verdello, and 10% Canaiolo Bianco.  The alcohol content is 12%.  It is straw yellow in color, and the nose is like a bouquet of fresh picked wild flowers from the meadow. 
 
It is fresh and clean, with the flowery bouquet followed by solid apple and pear flavors, with a hint of tropical fruit, finishing with a light and crisp citrus aftertaste. Best with antipasto, it serves well as a before dinner wine, or pairs well with milder fish and fowl dinner dishes. If you like to just sip white wine, this is the one for you, and at it’s modest price you can enjoy as much as you want!   Norm’s score is an 89.
 
Score: 89
Price: $9 – $12
 
Norm
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