Lazio Rosso, 'Benedic,' Monastero Suore Cistercensi 2021

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50% Sangiovese, 50% Ciliegiolo.

Winemaking Team Notes: "Cistercian nuns have 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. Here at this quiet religious outpost eighty women of this religious order work vineyards and orchards and gardens organically.

The 'winery' is nothing more than a toolshed packed to the gills with old steel tanks, fiberglass 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.

Volcanic soil. Vines trained in Cordon, oldest vines date to 1963. 12 months in stainless-steel and fiberglass tanks. Wines remain on their lees until assemblage prior to bottling."

Distributor Notes: "A lovely, gentle, unadorned wine that is an expression of the monastic life of the people who produce it, from equal proportions of the grape varieties Ciliegiolo and Sangiovese (a clone similar to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo) cultivated in the area around the Monastery. The wine undergoes a 15-day natural fermentation without any forced stabilization."

Certified organic by the Associazione Suolo e Salute since 1993.

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