Olevano Romano "Silene", Damiano Ciolli
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Olevano Romano "Silene", Damiano Ciolli - 2021

Item # 17670 750mL

Located in Olevano Romano, 35 miles south of Rome, with vineyards planted in volcanic soils 450 meters above sea level. This Silene bottling is aged in concrete for a year and conveys more delicate qualities of the Cesanese red grape. It also comes from nearly 100 year old vines. Damiano Ciolli, now in his mid-thirties, belongs to a family of farmers who has been making wine for 4 generations selling it only in demi-johns to neighbors and Roman osterie.

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In antiquity, Latium wines were considered the world's best, reserved only for emperors and those close to them. This is epitomized by the 'Opimian vintage of 121 BC,' so age-worthy that they were served at a 60 B.C. banquet for Julius Caesar, in honor of his Spanish conquests! Until recently, however, Latium wines often left much to be desired. But this all changed in the 90's, with pioneers like Fiorano, and more recently, with the likes of Andrea Occhipinti and Damiano Ciolli. Cesanese is Ciolli's specialty--and it is BY FAR the best I've ever had. In the past, Cesanese has shown itself to be clumsy and forgettable, but in Ciolli's hands it shows its true potential. Lighter than I expected, and with little tannin, 'Silene' reminds me of a deliciously juicy style of Merlot, if it were to be laced with beef jerky and teriyaki sauce.


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