Silene, from vines planted in the 1980s, is aged in both stainless steel and concrete to preserve the fresh, vibrant fruit of Cesanese: think perfumed red berry fruit and dried roses, the palate adding notes of earth, wild herbs and aromatic spice. An original, charming and complex wine that will make you think twice about Cesanese.
Damiano's first task was to renovate the vineyards and, together with Agronomist/Enologist Guido Busatto, he is now producing a couple of truly authentic wines full of complexity, intensity and freshness. The vineyards, some more than 50 years old, are planted on steep hillsides of volcanic origin.
There are two distinct types of Cesanese in Lazio. Cesanese Comune is the more widely grown work horse variety that supplies much of Rome's vino della casa. The more superior Cesanese d'Affile, also known as Cesanese del Piglio, is a distinct sub-variety regarded by many as the Pinot Noir of central Italy.
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.
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