Damiano Ciolli - Cesanese Silene 2019
Region: Olevano Romano / Lazio
The fruit here is beautifully perfumed with bright red berry, Turkish delight and dried roses, flavours that flow onto the palate with some spice and earthy notes. An original, charming and complex wine that will make you think twice about Cesanese.
Silene, named after a wild flower that grows on the estate, is selected from the two youngest vineyards planted in 1981 and 2002. The grapes are fermented and aged in concrete, the various parcels kept separate until blending.
The Ciolli family have been growing Cesanese d’Affile for five generations on their estate, located 45 kilometres southeast of Rome. The young Damiano took over from his father at the age of 23, somewhat dismayed at the poor reputation of his region’s wines, yet encouraged by their precious old vines.
The vineyards, some more than 60 years old, are planted at 600 metres on mostly volcanic soil and are sheltered on three sides by the surrounding hills. The warm climate, characterised by rainy winters and sunny summers, with daily breezes from the Tyrrhenian sea create near perfect growing conditions.