Romito del Romitorio, Sant'Antimo

Romito del Romitorio, Sant'Antimo - 2004

Item # 48084 750mL

Renowned artist Sandro Chia's Castello di Romitorio is the source for this marvelous Super-Tuscan blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese. His hillside vineyards outside Montalcino yield a wine of richness and depth. This wine has aged marvelously in bottle.

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Glossary

Canaiolo

Also called Canaiolo Nero, this black grape is cultivated in Italy, but not as widely as in years past. After the 19th century's phylloxera epidemic, Canaiolo vines proved difficult to graft onto healthy rootstock, so it was grown much less. Today there are still pockets of Canaiolo vineyards throughout Tuscany, and it is an allowed ingredient in Chianti - in fact, in the 18th century it was even more crucial to the character of that beloved blend than Sangiovese.

Sangiovese

Italy's most planted grape variety is at the heart of some of the most beloved wines in the country. Grown all over the region, but especially in Central Italy, Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in Brunello di Montalcino, and the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti, and countless other delicious Italian blends. Sangiovese has shown itself in recent years to be an excellent complement to Cabernet Sauvignon in red Italian blends; this grape duo forms the basis of many of the...

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Super Tuscan

Originally, this term was used to classify high quality Tuscan wines that fell outside the parameters set forth by the DOC. Now, however, the term can apply to virtually any wine from Tuscany which chooses, for one reason or another, not to fall into one of the DOC classifications (such as Chianti). Super Tuscans can be 100% Sangiovese, or they can be blends of any number of indigenous or international varieties. These wines are meant to be cellared, as they are often heavily influenced in...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California, positioning it at the forefront of the New World wine scene as well. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon has a...

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Tuscany

When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh fruit and herbs, while Chianti Classico Riserva can be dark and brooding. The term “Super Tuscans”...

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