Ruffino DI Santedame 2004 Toscana 2004 IGT (60% Colorino and 40% Merlot), $38.24-$69.99, 92 points, Bordeaux in color, black at the core, with a thin sliver of silver about the rim.
Upon uncorking the bottle, sweet floral aromas followed, and when pouring, swishing, and breathing, came a lovely bouquet of crushed berries and sweet cooking spice.
Medium-plus body carries good acidity with satin-like layers of tannin (Very drinkable red wine!).
Flavors of licorice, plum, and black fruit dominate, but nuanced flavors of coffee, dried bay leaves, and flowers make for a more complex and elegant wine.
Finally, Ruffino finishes long on black and white pepper with a hint of chipotle.
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