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©2018 Ruffino Import Company, Rutherford, CA

Our Wines

Grape Varieties

45% Cabernet Franc,
45% Merlot, 10% Colorino

Vineyard Sourcing

Poggio Casciano and Montemasso Estates

Where to Buy


Toscana IGT

Tasting Notes

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.


The Story

This Super Tuscan wine represents the pinnacle of Ruffino's artisan approach to winemaking. Alauda, which means 'skylark' in Italian is only made in exceptional vintage years and is a contemporary expression of Tuscany that showcases the unique terroir of Ruffino's Poggio Casciano and Montemasso estate vineyards.

Alauda is a unique wine because Cabernet Franc is the heart of the blend, an unusual choice in Tuscany where Sangiovese is considered the signature grape. The decision to choose Cabernet Franc was a personal one for winemaker Gabriel Tacconi, who wanted to showcase how this delicate varietal expresses itself in a distinct and elegant way at our Poggio Casciano estate in the Tuscan hills outside Florence. The Cabernet Franc comes from a number of Loire Valley clones that were planted in carefully selected areas.  It is carefully blended with Merlot to give the wine softness and structure.  And, with a nod to tradition, the rare native Tuscan varietal Colourino is used to round out the blend.

Food Pairing Suggestions

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.

Winemaker's Notes

All grapes are hand harvested from very low yielding vines, and undergo an additional hand selection process at the winery to ensure only the finest grapes are chosen for this special wine. The grapes are then fermented in separate stainless steel tanks, one for each varietal. Alauda requires an extended maceration period to fully extract the desired depth of flavor and color. The grapes are then racked and transferred to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, undergoing battonage twice a week for three months before blending. The final blend is then aged in a mix of new and second-use French barriques for 24 months. The wine is then racked a final time, spending an additional 4 months in stainless steel tanks for finesse before it is fined and bottled. The bottled wine is aged for 6 months before release.