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2016 Sangiovese Brio, Castello Romitorio

2016 Sangiovese Brio, Castello Romitorio
ref. ROMI161 AUG18

Wine Variety: The most widely-planted grape of Italy is also an ancient one, its first mention in written word being in the early 17th century. And as with many old varieties, untangling Sangiovese's origins is a labour of love. It appears to be of Tuscan origin, but its progenies lie scattered around southern and central Italy and even Sicily and outlying islands. It is certainly closely related to Gaglioppo (grown in Calabria) and Nerello Mascalese of Sicily. To add further to the confusion, a number of unrelated varieties are cultivated under the name Sangiovese. Further, Sangiovese itself offers great clonal diversity i.e. there are many slightly differing cultivated varieties of the grape. When all is said and done, this is a variety straight out of the top drawer and is capable of producing exceptionally fine wines.

Wine Region: The Maremma is a strip of coastal land that stretches from southern Tuscany into Lazio. Until the early 20th century and its draining, the Maremma was a swampy, malaria-riddled and backward land. The renowned wine Sassicaia comes from Bolgheri, which is part of the Maremma, as is Scansano, from where comes this wine.

Wine Producer: Castello Romitorio lies adjacent to the Corte Pavone estate in the north western sector of the Montalcino commune. And the estate has a long history: there was an Etruscan temple on this site, followed by a Roman settlement and evidence of human activity on this lofty hilltop more-or-less unbroken to the modern day. The manor was abandoned after the last war (there was very little money in Montalcino at the time) and not rescued until the 1970s when it was bought by Baron Giorgio Franchetti. He, in turn, sold it to artist Sandro Chia in 1984. Since then there has been a period of continual development and upgrading, now unertaken by Sandro's son Filippo. 

Tom Cannavan's Wine of The Week on wine-pages.com, 21st August 2018

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Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Sangiovese
  Producer
Producer:
Castello Romitorio
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
not specified
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Maremma
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Sangiovese has to be managed carefully. It can quickly become over-ripe and jammy...which is why it is such a pleasure to find such a lively, fresh example. The '16 Brio offers a dark and tangy nose of dark, plum fruit, all a touch floral: the buds of fruit tree flowers. Across the tongue this is instantly plush and offers a purity of dark fruit supported by delightfully fresh tannins. A lovely thing, this. 

#3wordtastingnote: fresh, plum, floral

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