Romitoro from Castello Romitorio is a delicious, fruit driven Supertuscan made from a blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah which is an absolute delight with beef. These classic French varieties are perfectly at home here in the temperate Tuscan climate. It is a wine packed with Morello cherry along with darker plum and damson fruit flavours. The years aging in oak brings flashy oak notes of chocolate and burnt toffee which balance perfectly with the fruit to deliver an intense and full bodied wine which is warm, generous yet super fresh.
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.