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2016 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Filo di Seta’, Castello Romitorio, Tuscany

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A unique Brunello that is the result of a rigorous selection of grapes harvested by hand and seeks to express the wilder and darker essence of the area’s cooler Northwesterly microclimate. Filo di Seta, which translates as Silk Thread, is the name of a creek that flows through the forest nearby.

The vines are located at an altitude of approximately 350 meters, with Northwesterly exposure, and are carefully cared for to ensure that each plant produces the lowest yields and reaches optimal ripeness. The wine matures in oak for approximately 30 months, and after bottling the wine is aged in Castello Romitorio’s temperature-controlled cellars for an approximately 12 months before release.

Castello Romitorio is an estate that blends wine with art. The castle’s foundations date back to the Roman times but its incarnation as a wine producer began in 1984 when the property was bought as a ruin by artist Sandro Chia. As well as the Castle, Chia took over the vineyards and winemaking on the estate was revived.

The 2016 Filo di Seta received many accolades including this top review from Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, one of the world’s leading publications on Italian wine.

“…. a remarkably pretty and pure expression of the vintage. It impresses with a lifted yet stimulating display of bright red fruits and savory spice, framed by notes of crushed stone, animal musk and dusty florals. This boasts striking depth and elegant textures…the tannins are firm yet rounded, displaying tremendous balance and length, as the 2016 Filo di Seta never grows tiring or youthfully clenched. That said, the best is yet to come for this complex and age-worthy effort.” 97 points – Eric Guido, Vinous

production of this stunning wine is tiny so snap this up whilst you can.

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