||Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo Nero, 5% Colorino, 10% Merlot, 80% Sangiovese
||Santedame Chianti Classico DOCG is an elegant, classically styled Chianti Classico from Ruffino’s Santedame Estate. This estate is nestled in the fabled Golden Basin, or Conca d’Oro, where yields are naturally low, and flavors are rich and concentrated. Santedame is an authentic, smooth, and very pleasing estate wine produced in small quantities without compromise—a true expression of the terroir.
||Altitude: 1,148–1,542 feet (350–470 meters) a.s.l.
|Composition of the land
||Hilly land with poor soil, characterized by a mix of clay and sand, rich in fossil material.
|Plants n. x hectare
||1,800–2,225 vines per acre (4,500–5,500 vines per hectare)
|Yield x hectare
||2 tons per acre (5 tons per hectare).
||Picking began in early September for the Merlot grapes and ended in mid-October with the other two varieties.
||Alcoholic fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of approximately 78 °F (26 °C) for 14 days. Maceration on the skins continued for an additional week.
||After completing malolactic fermentation, part of the wine was aged in oak barrels, and then in stainless steel tanks for a total of eight months.
||Santedame Chianti Classico pairs well with traditional dishes such as chicken cacciatore and Portobello mushroom ravioli, and also makes a wonderful accompaniment to international dishes such as tandoori chicken and pork buns.
||Price Ruffino Santedame Chianti 2012 € 12.70