Ruffino Romitorio di Santedame 2004
Wine EnthusiastRomitorio 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.
Wine SpectatorThere's pleasant damson fruit and mineral character, with hints of chocolate and flowers. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit lingering on a lightly firm, velvety texture. Needs a little more bottle time. Colorino and Merlot. Best after 2009. 4,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2004 Romitorio di Santedame is Colorino and Merlot aged in French oak. Super-ripe dark cherries, new leather, spices, licorice and tar emerge, despite the presence of a very heavy handed use of French oak. Here, too, the wine possesses excellent depth but the search for concentration has left the wine with hard, astringent tannins that dominate its balance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018