Coenobium "Ruscum"
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Coenobium "Ruscum" - 2022

Item # 21812 750mL

Advising oenologist Paolo Bea suggested that these Cistercian sisters try aging this wine longer on the lees and here is the result. The wine is golden in the glass with notes of roasted fennel, mint, and pear skins on the nose. The palate is dense with sweet fruit and prominent preserved lemon acidity. The finish shows hints of skin tannin. A unique and beautiful wine.

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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Staff Pick Notes

Looking for a great orange wine? Well take Hamlet's advice and “get thee to a nunnery.” This wine is made at the Monastero Suore Cistercensi, a convent about 90 minutes north of Rome. Here the group of 70 or so nuns organically farm 5 hectares of vines and make wines with minimal intervention. They've been at it for 30 years with consultation from the immortal Bea family. The Ruscum is a blend of 4 white varietals that have been macerated on the skins for 2 weeks. It is not a wimpy orange. Its color is a deep amber. It has a complex nose of dried herbs, camomile, baking spice, smoke, orchard, and tropical fruit. On the palate it's dry, with grainy tannins, brisk acidity, and flavors of tropical fruit and salted nuts. I loved it with my smoked pork and kimchi fried rice a couple of nights ago.

- CP

About the Producer

Monastero Suore Cisterci (Monastic Order of Cistercian Nuns) Vitorchiano, Latium, Italy The Catholic Church was historically integral to establishing quality viticulture and vinification throughout Europe. The primary monastic orders who most famously dedicated themselves to such tasks, the Benedictines and its subsect, the Cistercians, set up the vineyard boundaries and regions throughout most...

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This white Italian grape variety generally produces wines with a good amount of acidity, making it great for cutting through buttery, saucy dishes.

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