Ruffino introduced Il Ducale – an innovative blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Merlot – in 2005 as an expression of Tuscany that marries the refinement of traditional Tuscan winemaking with a contemporary, fruit-driven style. The Sangiovese contributes elegance, acidity and finesse. The Merlot brings colour, structure and roundness, while the Syrah offers spicy, black fruit notes and a silky texture. This is a wine with classic Tuscan roots and a modern soul.Il Ducale opens with fruit-driven notes that unfold into round, elegant tannins. This wine is well balanced, with a finish of ripe fruits, and aromas of vanilla and balsamic herbs.Il Ducale Toscana is the perfect accompaniment to herb-roasted chicken, sun-dried tomato risotto and beef carpaccio. It’s also delightful with tomato bruschetta, parmigiano-reggiano, or pecorino-romano cheeses for Italian-inspired entertaining.The grapes for our Il Ducale wine come from the most prestigious winegrowing regions of Tuscany, including Ruffino’s estate vineyards. After we ferment the wine in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for eight days, it receives extended grape skin contact for another eight to 10 days for deep color and concentrated flavors. We age this wine for 12 months in oak casks of first, second and third use.