From Ruffino, this Brunello is ripe yet earthy, with a touch of forest and moss to the nose. It may be softer and riper than many, but it’s definitely balanced. Meanwhile, fine black cherry and plum fruit steals the palate, which also dishes hints of chocolate and fennel. Good tannins and grip ensure its longevity.
This special commemorative bottle celebrates the 60th anniversary (1947–2007) of one of Italy’s flagship wines. The characteristic aromas of Sangiovese come through loud and clear in the form of bright pulses of wild berry, blue flower, light spice and dried tobacco. The wine is bright and tight on the finish. Hold this bottle in your cellar.
Romitorio di Santedame is Ruffino’s top wine. It is a big, plump wine and is almost too thick and powerful in places, making it well suited to succulent cuts of red meat. But it’s hard not to love its extraction, sophisticated mouthfeel and blockbuster tannins. Drink after 2010.
Romitorio di Santedame delivers the elegance and storied tradition of Tuscany in a refined, sophisticated package. Bright notes of cherry, cassis and white almond give a fresh edge to the wine’s rich concentration.
That ever-present Tuscan sun has done its part to ripen a beautifully intense and complex Pinot Noir. There’s depth and dimension here with balsam notes, licorice, rhubarb preserves and black tar behind notes of dried currant berry.
Oaky at first, with strong hints of coconut and sawmill. Below there is nice cherry, raspberry and plum fruit, which meets the bill even if the palate doesn’t veer into the land of dark and deep. Good tannins, fine acidity and a proper structure are all on display. Imported by Franciscan Estates.
There’s a distinctive mineral aspect that sets this wine apart. Those aromas recall white stone or slate and enhance the wine’s elegance and food pairing potential. The mouth is bright and ripe with red cherry and fresh berry notes on the close. It would pair well with braised meat.
Harmonious and well balanced, Riserva Santedame offers a long range of aromas including elements of black fruit, cherry, spice, toasted nut and dried herbs. The mouthfeel is soft and yielding and the wine offers distinctive smoothness on the close.