Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta 2016
100% Sangiovese. Perched on the highest hill in the rugged Northwest corner of Montalcino, Castello Romitorio stands like a guardian over the Brunello DOCG zone. One of the most famous living artists, Sandro Chia, acquired the property in 1984. The purchase included the Castello Romitorio farm which was re-dedicated to the production of Montalcino DOCs. Today Sandro’s son Filippo Chia is the owner and winemaker of the estate. Sandro Chia, a renowned painter, and sculptor continues to design all the labels and is still an active artist. The Romitorio vineyards are small plots of land amongst hectares of virgin woods, interspersed with ponds and streams of crystal clear water. They surround the Castle on a hill that, coming down from Monte Amiato towards Siena, runs parallel with the Montalcino slopes. A completely unspoiled landscape with fossil-rich galestro, clay, and albarese soil. The wines produced here are rich in minerality and purity of fruit, with unequaled elegance and refinement. The Romitorio landscape is a wild and diverse area of Montalcino characterized dotted with slopes that received less sun and where average temperatures are colder than the rest of the appellation. As the desire for heavy, concentrated wines has receded and demand for lower alcohol, balanced wines with elegance and grace has emerged, these mature high altitude vineyards are able to produce some of the most exceptional wines of the entire region. Castello Romitorio uses a delicate combination of large barrels and French oak for long, patient aging where the wood is never the star, but a supporting actor in the evolution of the wine. Filo di Seta is a unique Brunello that is the result of a rigorous selection of grapes harvested by hand in A vineyard near Castello Romitorio. It is a Brunello di Montalcino that seeks to express the wilder and darker essence of the area’s cooler Northwesterly microclimate. Filo di Seta, which translates as Silk Thread, is the name of a creek that flows through the forest nearby. The vines are located at an altitude of approximately 350 meters, with Northwesterly exposure, and are carefully cared for to ensure that each plant produces the lowest yields and reaches optimal ripeness. Castello Romitorio is the new Brunello, the wild Brunello.