2016 Castello Romitorio Filo di Seta DOCG Brunello Di Montalcino - ah, yes! A bottle where the insides equal the elegant artwork of the outside.
Castello Romitorio is one of my favorite producers in the Montalcino Districts that I have been sipping on lately. The wine’s name comes from a creek in a nearby forest named "Filo de Seta," which means "Silk Thread." The grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and aged in oak for 30 months, followed by another 12 months on the shelf in a cellar once bottled before being released.
We let this baby open up for a bit, and I'm telling you this wine was an experience (as all good wine should be.) From the label to the juice, it is big and bold. A floral element hits my nose immediately, followed by vanilla and red fruits. On the palate, I notice a slight spice balanced beautifully with red cherry, fig, and tobacco. An exquisite bottle much like silk!
95 Wine Spectator
95+ Robert Parker
96 Jame Suckling
If you do not know anything about Castello Romitorio, take time to look it up. The history is fascinating (well, at least for the history nerds like me.) It began first as a temple, then a fortress & monastery, next it was a castle, followed by a manor home, then to a shelter for Shepard's, and lastly... an art workshop and winery that represents the beauty of Montalcino. A place filled with history, a place I definitely would love to visit someday!
Check out my post on Instagram about it!