||Altitude: 1,017–1,493 feet (310–455 meters) a.s.l.
|Composition of the land
||Hilly land with poor, clay soils, rich in fossil material.
|Yield x hectare
||1.5 tons per acre (3.5 tons per hectare) of Colorino and 2 tons per acre (5 tons per hectare) of Merlot.
||Harvest began in late September with the Merlot followed by the Colorino, with harvest ending in mid-October.
||Alcoholic fermentation, aided by racking and punching down, took place separately for the two varieties in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 82°F (28°C) for two weeks, followed by a further maceration on the skins for an additional 15 days. Immediately after racking, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in small 60-gallon French oak casks.
||The two varieties were aged separately in small 60-gallon first- and second-use French oak casks from Allier and Tronçais for approximately 18 months. After blending, the wine was further aged in the bottle.
||This wine deserves a meal worthy of its richness and complexity. Enjoy it with lamb chops, moussaka or braised duck. It’s also wonderful with classics such as duck pâté or beef Wellington.
||Price Ruffino Romitorio di Santedame 2006 HK$ 350.00