Castello Romitorio, an Easy Choice

Brunello Di Montalcino is recognized as one of the world’s most engaging and longest lived wines. It hails from the vineyards around the delightful hilltop town of Montalcino and is produced solely from the Sangiovese grape, locally called Brunello. More specifically, Brunello Di Montalcino is Sangiovese at its purest; the DOCG regulations require the wine to be made 100% from the grape. The Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello Clone) produces fuller, richer berries. This in turn gives forth a wine that is truly magical when in the hands of a good producer.

The past 40 years have witnessed an explosion in the number of Brunello producers. One only has to be lucky enough to be driving around the Montalcino countryside to discover a picturesque winery around every turn of the road. The vast number of small, family-owned estates can make choosing which Brunello to drink tonight an intimidating task… if only our lives were filled with such “intimidating tasks” every day.

Hope we all agree that choosing a good Brunello should not be looked at as a formidable task. I’m sure however that we all want to bring a sublime bottle of wine home when we choose to spend the money on Brunello di Montalcino.

Castello di Romitorio fits all the criteria for one of those family owned gems that dot the idyllic Tuscan countryside. Castello di Romitorio is a beautiful, imposing, 12th-century fortress with vineyards surrounding it. Today it is owned by artist Sandro Chia who spent years restoring the property after acquiring it in 1984. The winery clearly reflects that an artist is at the helm with art and wine being created simultaneously and inseparably from one another. The stunning labels are the work of Mr. Chia.

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Nearly every major wine writer has given Castello Romitorio’s wines glowing reviews. Antonio Galloni called the 2008,”… beautifully layered and delineated. Expressive dark cherries, tobacco, sage, menthol and sweet spices…The 2008 is gorgeous today, but has more than enough depth to age for a number of years. 92 pts.” The Wine Spectator says, “Balsamic aromas and flavors lead off in this intense, sinewy red. Pure cherry, strawberry and spice notes add complexity as this glides to the lingering finish. 93 pts.”

Looking for an exquisite bottle of Brunello di Montalcino tonight? Look no further than Castello Romitorio.

Paul Quaglini, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Wine & Spirits Supervisor

Follow me on Twitter @abcwinePaulQ

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