Some of you may remember Castello Romitorio for its Il Toro, a very successful and highly rated value, while an unorthodox blend of Syrah and Petit Verdot. But I found Romitorio’s very limited 2015 Brunello di Montalcino to be probably the best overall value I will sell for this stellar vintage. When I was in Montalcino at the end of February, I was honored to be included in a private dinner hosted by owner Filippo Chia in the family’s restored ancient castle. An evening I will always remember! Filippo is a dynamic personality, larger than life, and little wonder as his father and founder of the winery is the famous neo-modernist Italian artist Sandro Chia. Check out Castello Romitorio’s website for the complete history of this historic site and rebirth of the winery.
Although limited in the US market, with the current pandemic circumstances stifling most restaurant purchases, I should be able to secure more from the importer. Bottle price should be upwards to $70, however I purchased early on a pre-sale offer, so I can sell at just $53.95 a bottle. Arrives later this week. Wine Advocate review and 95 point rating below. James Suckling 95 points below. No review to date from Wine Spectator.
“The Castello Romitorio 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a suave and supple expression that shows a slightly more opulent texture compared to many of its peers. The Castello Romitorio vineyards tend to be cool, both in terms of exposure and soils, and the estate shows its best results in a warm and sunny vintage exactly like 2015. You taste the natural richness and exuberance of the fruit, with variety-specific elements of wild cherry, blue flowers and soft earth. The house style prizes more width and latitude in terms of mouthfeel. That attractive medium to full-bodied style is achieved thanks to 24 months of oak aging. At the end of the day, the quality of the fruit is really what shines brightest here….2021-2038” – 95 points, Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (Jan 30, 2020)
“A dense and rich Brunello with lots of ripe fruit, spice and hints of new wood. Full-bodied, chewy and rich. A muscular wine that needs time to come together. Better after 2022.” – 95 points, JamesSuckling.com