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Our Wines

Modus
Grape Varieties

50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard Sourcing

Poggio Casciano Estate

Acclaim

90 Points 2012 Vintage – The Tasting Panel

91 Points 2011 Vintage – James Suckling

90+ Points 2010 Vintage – he Wine Advocate

95 Points 2009 Vintage – James Suckling

90 Points 2009 Vintage – Wine Spectator

90 Points 2008 Vintage – Wine Spectator

96 Points 2007 Vintage – Wine Spectator

91 Points 2006 Vintage – Wine Spectator

90 Points 2006 Vintage – Wine Enthusiast

90 Points 2005 Vintage – Wine Enthusiast

90 Points 2005 Vintage – Wine News

91 Points 2004 Vintage – Wine Spectator

91 Points 2003 Vintage – Wine & Spirits

91 Points 2001 Vintage – The Wine Advocate

90 Points 2001 Vintage – Wine Spectator

90 Points 2000 Vintage – The Wine Advocate

90 Points 2000 Vintage – Wine Spectator

91 Points 1999 Vintage – Wine Spectator

92 Points 1998 Vintage – Wine & Spirits

Modus

Toscana IGT


Tasting Notes

Delightful hints of tobacco and spice lead to inviting aromas of cherries, strawberries, and plums. This full-bodied wine is rich with refined, silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry essence that is particularly pleasurable. Modus' structure on the palate promises that this wine can be aged for many years.

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The Story

The Super Tuscan Modus, the Latin word for ‘method', is Ruffino's contemporary way of expressing Tuscany with a blend of three noble grape varieties. First introduced in 1997, Modus routinely garners exceptional acclaim from the top wine critics worldwide. Sangiovese is the core of Modus, providing refined texture along with cherry and red berry aromas. The Merlot offers smoothness enriched by blackberry fruit and delicate notes of mint, while the Cabernet Sauvignon lends structure, and also unites all three grape types with its elegance.

Modus' label features a compass that artfully represents the meticulous balance of all the elements that come together to give this wine its distinctive character: vines, sun, fruit, soil, dedication and the passage of time.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Modus is wonderful on its own, or serve it with bold dishes such as duck with olives and pancetta, beef-stuffed manicotti with Bolognese sauce, and aged cheeses including taleggio, pecorino and gouda.

Winemaker's Notes

We source the grapes for Modus from Ruffino's Poggio Casciano estate and other selected vineyards. The three grape varieties that comprise its blend—Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon--are aged separately in small French and American oak casks for approximately 12 months before they are blended and bottled.