This opens with fragrances of blue flowers, bright red berry and slate. The vibrant palate delivers crunchy wild cherry and strawberry accented with spice, licorice and mineral notes. It’s impeccably balanced, with bracing but fine tannins and nervous acidity that need time to soften and develop fully. Drink 2016–2028.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruffino’s Montalcino estate, Greppone Mazzi is—in our opinion—the source for the company’s best wine. Cedary cigar box aromas are backed by layers of black cherry and plum fruit and a velvety mouthfeel. The finish is long and lush, yet structured. Drink 2008–2020.
This shows power and muscle, but the delivery is surprisingly soft and supple. The wine’s overall roundness is further reinforced by the irresistible tones of soft chocolate, cigar tobacco and black cherry, which lift straight out of the glass.