Colour: Ruby red
Aroma: at the very beginning it is intense and complex. It is featured by the notes of violet typical of the Sangiovese grapes, then followed by refined flavours of ripe plums and red and black berry fruits. These notes fade into more evolved aromas that remind black pepper and tobacco.
Tasting Profile: at the palate Santedame 2010 shows a good structure, based on an optimal balance between hard and soft parts, that lead to a very typical elegance. The first sensations are of plums, blackberry and currant, supported by velvety tannins and intriguing balsamic notes. The pretty long persistence is characterized, coherently to what perceived at the nose, by intense notes of red berry fruits.
The Santedame Estate, located near the town of Castellina in Chianti, was one of the first to join the Tuscan Estates of Ruffino. Over the years this estate has not only shown an extraordinary vocation for the production of great red wines, it is also a place of rare charm and beauty.
Ruffino chose Santedame for the production of a Chianti Classico which could successfully express the quality potential of this territory and in 1988 the Santedame Chianti Classico was produced for the first time. It is Ruffino's only single estate Chianti Classico.
The Sangiovese vineyards which were found on the estate in 1988, at the moment of the purchase, dated back to the seventies. They presented a very modern cultivation system with a planting density of 4000 vines per hectare - something quite rare for the time. For this reason it was possible for Ruffino to start the production of the Santedame Chianti Calssico right away.
Anyway, the best part of the vineyards has been replanted during the nineties according to the indications which comparative studies on soil and microclimate had shown ideal for the Santedame Estate.