Monastero Suore Vitorchiano - 2022 Benedic

2022 Benedic

Variety
Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo
Region
Lazio, Italy
Volume
750ml

How do you begin to describe a wine that is guided to the glass by angels? Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo together, with precious handfuls of Merlot. Benedic is always pale, translucent, barely there, but bursts through the world like light through a stained glass window. Balsamico, macerated cherries, black tea and capsin. Led by Adriana and Fabiola, this convent of over 80 Cistercian nuns has been organically farming their five hectares of vines in Vitorchiano, Lazio, since the early nineties,...Read More...

How do you begin to describe a wine that is guided to the glass by angels? Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo together, with precious handfuls of Merlot. Benedic is always pale, translucent, barely there, but bursts through the world like light through a stained glass window. Balsamico, macerated cherries, black tea and capsin.

Led by Adriana and Fabiola, this convent of over 80 Cistercian nuns has been organically farming their five hectares of vines in Vitorchiano, Lazio, since the early nineties, but it wasn’t until Giampiero Bea began advising them in the early 2000’s that their wines gained a larger audience. Even before Giampiero began helping them gently refine their approach and commercialise their wines, they were making frank, as-is wines produced with almost no technology. In a region rife with highly controlled, highly sulfured concoctions, here was a wine of real character, an unadorned expression of healthy grapes grown in a fascinating volcanic-soiled terroir. Bring it Lazio! The winery is nothing more than a toolshed packed to the gills with old steel tanks, fibreglass containers of various sizes, and glass demijohns tucked here and there—proving yet again that it takes the barest minimum to produce a wine of character and truth.

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