Damiano Ciolli - Botte Ventidue 2018
Region: Olevano Romano / Lazio
Grapes: 70% Verdicchio (locally called Trebbiano Verde) / 30% Ottonese
A full flavoured wine with notes of ripe peach, honey and vanilla. Rich but not heavy on the palate with the ripe flavours balanced by a backbone of fresh saline acidity.
A blend of Trebbiano Verde & Ottonese, grown in two vineyard blocks planted in different periods and trained in a traditional way. Fermentation is in old foudre with a further 11 month maturation gross lies in the same cask. The wine is racked and settled in concrete vat for one month before bottling.
The wine is named after the foudre that it is made in, being the 22nd in the cellar.
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.