Brunello di Montalcino 'Filo di Seta' Castello Romitorio 2015
Filo di Seta is a unique and exceptional expression of Brunello di Montalcino by Castello Romitorio. The grapes are sourced from cooler North West facing vineyards located at 350 meters altitude. This is a distinctive microclimate in a hot area. The result is a Brunello with all the power and structure you’d expect but with an exceptional lightness and freshness that makes it fascinating. Dried cherry, floral notes, dark peony, earth, savoury notes and perfumed edges. It is a wine you could smell all day and is almost electric on the palate but finishes with lovely silky charm and elegance. World class wine.
Castello Romitorio was a half renovated abandoned wreck when artist Sandro Chia purchased it in 1984. What was left of the building had been abandoned after WW2 and used only by shepherds until Baron Giorgio Franchetti, a historic building restorer, purchased it in the 1970’s. He abandoned his plan (I didn’t say he was a successful building restorer) and sold the property to Sandro who completed the work and brought the building back to life as his home and art studio. The building had been built originally in the 12th century as an imposing hilltop fortress to guard the town of Montalcino. In the late 1980’s Sandro set about restoring the land around the castle back to its former glory with an overhaul of the vineyards. New cellars were constructed in 2005 and along with Filippo, Sandro’s son, the wines have become internationally recognised as expressions of Sangiovese than flirt between the modern and classic style with extraordinary elegance.