Recently a good friend and I tasted Ruffino Orvieto Classico. This wine comes to us from nearby the town of Orvieto, Italy. My friend had the opportunity to try it locally and he said there they just called it a white Chianti.
We tasted the 2010 vintage of this wine.
According to the tasting notes, Ruffino Orvieto Classico is actually a white wine blend. It’s a blend of Procanico, Grechetto, Canaiolo Blanco and Verdello.
Ruffino Orvieto Classico Review
The cork was very difficult to remove and bulged once extracted from the bottle.
Ruffino Orvieto Classico was notably bubbly in the glass, though not like a sparkling wine. Just some bubbles.
It had a subtle floral nose.
The taste was very smooth. We described it as light citrus with a hint of a pear finish. It was very drinkable as a summer sipper!
You might expect it to be a dry wine from the aroma, but we were pleasantly surprised at the subtle sweetness and smoothness overall.
At about $7.99 a bottle, Ruffino Orvieto Classico is great.
We felt that this wine would pair well with pasta, seafood and chicken. My friend recommended it with mussels fra diavlo. Ruffino recommends several dishes, including crostini with roasted tomatoes, grilled veggies with fennel, grilled fish and mild cheeses.
Recommend! Chill it a bit first and enjoy it on a nice sunny day.
On the subject of wines from Italy, if you are interested in trying a Super Tuscan that would pair well with pasta with a meat sauce, you may want to give Monte Antico Toscana a try.