Ruffino Tenuta Santedame Chianti Classico Riserva
Ruby red color. Intense notes of ripe fruit, which stand out in particular the plum, the cherry and cassis. Hints to give spicy bouquet complexity and elegance and a slight touch of thyme and wood makes it very intriguing. Long back-olfactory sensation of cherry and delicate hints of vanilla.
$45.00 / Bottle $540.00 / Case
Ruffino has been making Tuscan wine since 1887 when the company was founded by cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino and purchased in 1913 by Italo and Francesco Folonari. Today third generation Folonaris led by the youngest of whom is Adolfo operate the estate and its impressive 2000 hectares of land in Chianti, Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Montepulciano which includes several “Tenimenti” or single vineyards and estates.
Ruffino is among the largest producers of Chianti Classico and is well known for its top of the line Riserva Ducale Gold label. In 2000 the extended family decided to divide the various estates and head in different directions. As a result Cabreo and Nozzole were taken by one side of the family, leaving the largest portion of the Ruffino estates intact to be run by Adolfo Folonari and his father. The Tenimenti Ruffino also expanded in 2001 with the purchase of Borgo Conventi in Friuli with vineyards in Collio and Isonzo.
The label of the Santedame Chianti Classico shows a beautiful fresco of Virgin Mary, accompanied by Saint John and Saint Peter. This fresco, which has a sweet, loving air to it, can be seen in the small chapel hidden in the forest of the Santedame Estate. The fresco dates back to the fourteenth century and is attributed to the school of the famous Florentine artist Il Ghirlandaio.
Tenuta di Santedame is made near Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. It is also called the lands of high hills, with texture from French clay to sand-free, rich in skeleton (from "galestro"), low fertility and not very deep. Chianti Classico Riserva "Santedame" is produced by a selection of the best grapes from the vineyards of the estate name. The wine undergoes alcoholic fermentation, assisted by technical refitting and follatura, lasted for 15 days around the average temperature of 28-29 ° C in stainless steel vats. The post-fermentation maceration on the skins was continued for another 7 days. The wine is aged for 12 months in barriques of Allier and Troncais new and second-step. After bottling the wine is further aged in bottle for at least 6 months.